The new episode, titled The Tiger King and I, is an after-show special about the true-crime miniseries originally released on the streaming service on March 20th. Hosted by Tiger King superfan Joel McHale, the after-show special is set to premiere on Sunday, April 12th.
Netflix made the announcement on Thursday afternoon with a video of McHale talking about the new installment. Wearing a Joe Exotic-inspired outfit, including a Netflix tattoo across his lower abdomen, McHale revealed which stars from the documentary will be appearing in the after-show special.
“Hi, I’m Joel McHale,” he says at the beginning of clip. “There’s a documentary series on Netflix called Tiger King. I highly recommend watching all seven episodes. On April 12th, Netflix will release an eighth installment called: The Tiger King and I. It’s an after-show hosted by me. 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. It’s eye-opening, and hopefully funny. So watch The Tiger King and I, April 12th on Netflix.”
The Tiger King and I — a Tiger King after show hosted by Joel McHale and featuring brand new interviews with John Reinke, Joshua Dial, John Finlay, Saff, Erik Cowie, Rick Kirkman, and Jeff and Lauren Lowe — will premiere April 12 pic.twitter.com/8fbbNdaiDA
— Netflix (@netflix) April 9, 2020
Directed by Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, Tiger King centers on the contentious hatred between big cat collector Exotic and big cat conservationist Carole Baskin. As told in the documentary, Baskin claimed that Exotic’s breeding programs, zoo, and practice of charging visitors to pet lion or tiger cubs were abusive to the big cats. With a personal mission to end private big-cat ownership in general, Basking tried to have Exotic’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma closed. In turn, Exotic alleged that conditions at Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue in Florida were sub-par and that Baskin was deliberately damaging his sources of income by discouraging potential clients. The friction between the two reached its climax when Exotic attempted to hire someone to murder Baskin, resulting in his arrest and later conviction.
Both Exotic and Baskin will not be appearing in the after-show special. Exotic is currently in federal prison, while Baskin recently revealed in a statement that she has “not been approached about a new episode and would not participate if asked.”
News about an extra Tiger King episode was first revealed by Jeff Lowe in a Cameo video posted on Twitter by Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.
🚨BREAKING NEWS FOLKS🚨
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) April 4, 2020