Carole Baskin may not be appearing in Tiger King‘s second season but she will be returning to television with a new big cat show for ITV.
Speaking to Rickie, Melvin and Charlie on BBC Radio 1, the reality star announced the news, saying: “We are working on an ITV pilot and I’m very excited about that.
“It will be covering the kind of work we’ve always done which is going after the bad guys and bringing them to justice, so I’m really excited about that right now.”
When asked whether she regretted appearing on Netflix‘s Tiger King documentary, she said the abuse she received was worth it for the increased awareness around the poor treatment of exotic animals.
“For me, because of the fact that finally people are understanding the situation with big cats – our federal bill will pass as a result of people understanding that there is all of this abuse going on – it was worth all of the attacks on me personally.
“But if you think about it from my husband’s point, it was much harder for him and my daughter who felt they had to protect me from all of these vicious people and for me it’s like, I don’t care, they don’t know me. So I’m happy about having done it if it gets that end result.”
On NBC’s upcoming Tiger King drama, which will see Kate McKinnon play Carole Baskin, she said the Saturday Night Live star had still not reached out to her.
“She’s such a good study of people. I put out a diary post every day of my life so if she watches those and sees my mannerisms and probably from the mannerisms she got off of Tiger King, I think she could do a very convincing impersonation of me.”
Baskin shot to fame last year after appearing in Tiger King – Netflix’s docuseries about the rivalry between private zoo owner Joe Exotic and big cat activist Carole Baskin.
The documentary star told RadioTimes.com in February that she refused to take part in Tiger King season two after feeling “misled” by the first.