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Netflix hit series Tiger King starring Joe Exotic is set to return

Netflix hit series Tiger King is set to return for a second series after the streaming service secured the rights for new episodes following its success in lockdown. 

US former zookeeper Joe Exotic, 57, has reportedly agreed to take part in the series along with his husband Dillon Passage, 24, and businessman Jeff Lowe who took over the establishment in 2016. 

Joe is currently serving 22 years behind bars for plotting to kill activist Carole Baskin who has reportedly asked for a sum of ‘around the £1million mark’ to take part in the series, according to The Sun.  

The series, which was watched by 64million households, follows the Oklahoma zookeeper and his battle with Carole, 59, who accuses him of mistreating animals.  

An insider revealed that Carole has requested a ‘seven-figure sum’ which she plans to invest in her Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Florida but her team did not secure a deal.

They added: ‘Taking part in Tiger King opened up her private life and she wants to make sure it’s worth her while.’  

Joe, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving a 22-year jail sentence after being convicted of two counts of murder-for-hire.

He was found guilty of plotting to kill his rival Carole. 

The ‘Tiger King’ was convinced she wanted to destroy his zoo, Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma.  

Joe was also found guilty of 17 counts of animal abuse and was convicted in April 2019. 

A court ruling handed the zoo to the animal rights activist in June and his businessman Jeff was forced to leave. 

However the Tiger King star maintains his innocence and is hoping the second series can help to clear his name.      

Tiger King, which documented the on-goings of the big cat zoo keeper, was directed by Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin. 

Following its March 20 debut on the streaming service, Nielsen reported that it became Netflix’s most-watched series, racking up 34 million viewers in its first 10 days, THR reported.

An average of 19 million viewers took in the documentary, stats that place it up with the streaming service’s hit show, Stranger Things. 

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