People Didn’t Like Joel McHale’s “Rude Sarcasm” in “The Tiger King and I”
Fans of the Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness were treated to even more bizarre tales about Joseph Maldonado-Passage, a.k.a. Joe Exotic, yesterday.
The Tiger King and I, hosted by comedian Joel McHale, went into greater depth about working at the G.W. Zoo with Maldonado-Passage.
While many fans were excited for new Tiger King material, some viewers were offended by McHale’s use of “rude sarcasm” during his interviews with the cast of the docuseries.
[Warning: There will be spoilers about The Tiger King and I.]
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McHale interacted with a number of well-known characters from the wildly successful docuseries, including Rick Kirkham, a reality television producer, and Jeff and Lauren Lowe, the new owners of the G.W. Zoo.
Josh Dial, Maldonado-former Passage’s campaign manager, was also questioned. McHale spoke with Dial about handling Maldonado-political Passage’s campaign and the PTSD he experienced after witnessing Travis Maldonado’s suicide by accident.
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April 9, 2020 — Joel McHale (@joelmchale)
Despite what fans of the show have said, head zookeeper Erik Cowie has confirmed that he has never used drugs. “Twenty-two years doing federal time — that guy’s going to die in there,” Cowie said when McHale asked if Maldonado-Passage should be released from jail. As a result, good riddance.”
Other members of the team, such as John Reinke and Kelci “Saff” Saffery, were also questioned. They spoke about how difficult it was to work for and trust Maldonado-Passage, but that they never lost faith in the animals.
Missing from the 40-minute special was Carole Baskin, owner of the Big Cat Rescue and notorious arch-nemesis of Maldonado-Passage.
As the host of the ‘Tiger King’ special, Joel McHale has been chastised.
Those who are acquainted with McHale’s work on The Soup know that he has a sarcastic… This is a condensed version of the plot. I hope you found it entertaining.