Tiger King’s Carole Baskin has congratulated two internet pranksters who fooled her into an interview, pretending to be American talk-show host Jimmy Fallon.
Josh Pieters and Archie Manners – who previously tricked Katie Hopkins into accepting a fake award labelled Campaign to Unify the Nation Trophy – managed to convince Big Cat Rescue owner Carole to giver her first post-Tiger King interview.
She was shown a series of pre-recorded videos of Fallon asking cat related questions, and was told she wouldn’t be able to see Fallon on-camera.
Now, speaking to US Weekly, Carole has admitted she had her suspicions as the interview was being conducted – but realises its all in good fun.
‘I was suspicious as we were doing it because the questions appeared taped. But had no idea it would turn out to be such a fun prank,’ she said.
‘It gave us a very welcome good laugh. I appreciate their cleverness and that they created their video in a way that I don’t feel was in any way mean-spirited.’
Well, alls well that ends well, we suppose.
During the interview, however, Carole did admit that she’s had to lay off some of the staff at her animal sanctuary due to coronavirus.
Speaking about how she and her husband were managing during the pandemic, she said: ‘Thankfully we were able to fill up our freezers. We can score about 20,000 pounds of food at a time.
‘I work seven days a week but I’m a workaholic so I really love doing this work.
‘Due to the loss of tourism revenue we had to let go of half of our staff. Thankfully half of our animal care is done by volunteers. The animals are still getting their daily care but it means all of us are having to work double time to make sure that all of that happens.
‘We have so many cats depending on us, we don’t have a choice in the situation.
‘After Covid-19 I just don’t know if we’re ever going to be able to do tours again.’
Tiger King is available to stream now via Netflix.
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