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Is Joe Exotic about to be a free man? The Tiger King star is reportedly feeling pretty confident that he is going to get out of prison soon. If you were one of the tens of millions of people who watched Netflix’s smash hit docuseries, you know that Joe Exotic is currently serving time in federal prison. Is that almost behind him, though? Exotic thinks it might be.
There is a reason why. Joe Exotic’s team reportedly believes that he may be on the verge of getting pardoned by President Donald Trump. The leader of the effort to get Exotic out of prison, Eric Love, told TMZ that the team received calls from Washington D.C. regarding a pardon. The news comes a few months after Joe Exotic argued he was two to three months from death.
Cut to November, and Joe Exotic is still alive and hopeful that his time in prison could be ending. In fact, his team is reportedly feeling so good about it that they have a Dodge Ram pickup truck stretch limo on standby to pick up Joe Exotic if the pardon comes through. As of now, Exotic is serving a 22-year sentence for numerous counts.
At 57-years-old, Joe Exotic’s current sentence puts him getting out of prison in his late 70s, which is potentially a near-life sentence. Exotic’s life in prison has reportedly included getting quarantined in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. News of a potential presidential pardon also comes after Joe Exotic launched a civil rights lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service.
The Tiger King star dropped the suit earlier this summer with the possibility of revitalizing it, per The Oklahoman. As for the presidential pardon, inquiring minds will undoubtedly want to stand by to see if it happens. Can you imagine the hubbub if it did? It would be a sight that Tiger King’s cameras would undoubtedly want to capture, perhaps warranting another bonus episode beyond the virtual cast reunion from earlier this year.
Joe Exotic’s wild year has seen him become a household name following the massive success of the Tiger King docuseries. In an interview released earlier this year by Netflix, he laughed despite being in prison. As mentioned up above, Exotic indicated a decline that he believed had put him within months of dying. Meanwhile, Nicolas Cage is readying to play Exotic in a television adaptation for Amazon.
Will Nicolas Cage end up playing a man who has gone free from prison by the time the series comes out? Stay tuned. There could be movement either way soon. As for Joe Exotic’s arch-nemesis, Carole Baskin, she competed on Dancing with the Stars and was sued by the family of her mysteriously vanished husband. Baskin was voted off in Week 3 but not before some non-ballroom drama during the commercials.
The family of Carole Baskin’s missing husband aired an ad during her Dancing with the Stars debut. As for Joe Exotic, he remains behind bars for now. The following months could prove crucial to his bid for a presidential pardon. You can stream Tiger King on Netflix, where the docuseries has been among the streaming giant’s 2020 premieres. While you wait to see if Joe Exotic gets out of prison, peruse 2021’s winter/spring schedule.