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Joel McHale to host ‘Tiger King and I’ on Netflix

More like Joel Exotic.


Bryan Rolli


Tiger King fans, rejoice—even more is on the way.

On Thursday, Netflix announced that it will release a new installment of the acclaimed true crime docuseries in the form of an aftershow hosted by Joel McHale called Tiger King and I. The show, which premieres April 12, will feature new interviews with several prominent Tiger King cast members, including Joe Exotic’s ex-husband John Finlay, his former campaign manager Joshua Dial, and Joe Exotic TV producer Rick Kirkham. 

McHale previously hosted The Soup and his own Netflix talk show The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale. He announced the arrival of Tiger King and I in a short video shared on Netflix’s Twitter account yesterday, while clad in a cowboy hat and animal print scarves with a fake “NETFLIX” tattoo across his lower abdomen.

“I talk to a lot of people involved in the project—Jeff and Lauren Lowe, Saff, Erik Cowie, John Finlay, John Reinke, and Rick Kirkham—to see what’s happened in their lives since the release of the series,” McHale says. “It’s eye-opening and hopefully funny.”

There’s one major player whom McHale doesn’t mention in his announcement: Tiger King centerpiece Joe Exotic (real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage). Exotic was recently sentenced to 22 years in prison for charges including a murder-for-hire plot against his nemesis and Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin. Exotic will participate in a new Investigation Discovery series called Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic and is trying to get himself exonerated of all charges. 

Tiger King and I premieres on Sunday, April 12. McHale’s other star comedic vehicle, Community, also hit Netflix last week, so it’s a great time to be a McHale fan. 


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