Tiger King's Carole Baskin insists Meryl Streep should play her in TV series because star Kate McKinnon is 'too young'

TIGER King's Carole Baskin revealed she thinks Meryl Streep should play her in the anticipated limited TV series because SNL's Kate McKinnon is "too young."

Carole confessed to David Yontef on Behind the Velvet Rope: "I think the person that would be most believable as me would be Meryl Streep."

The Netflix star continued: "You know, she's just kind of a no-nonsense kind of a person.

"And I think that that suits my personality and she's my age."

Carole's responded in regards to the casting announcement of Kate McKinnon set to play Carole Baskin and John Cameron Mitchell as Joe Exotic in a new NBC limited TV series.

The flower-crowned media sensation gushed, "I mean, Kate McKinnon, she is so gorgeous and she's so talented, but you know, she could play the 16-year-old me.

"She can't play the 60-year-old me."

The original Netflix documentary Tiger King featuring Joe, 58, and rival Carole became a monster hit when it was released in March of last year.

A premiere date has yet to be announced, but it has been confirmed that the limited series will air across NBCUniversal's scripted platforms: NBC, Peacock and USA.


The buzzworthy show is getting more action than just the anticipated limited series, but is additionally set to release on Netflix for a second season, anticipated to be released in mid-November.

In an exclusive with The Sun in early September, Carole Basking reported she won't return for season two after "betrayal and false portrayal," despite being spotted in the trailer release.

The clip showed a cloth being pulled back to reveal Carole walking down a corridor before Joe appears on-screen on a phone from prison.

However, Carole exclusively told The Sun that she will not be appearing in the explosive new season.

"I don't know how they put out a TK2 when Joe's in jail and I'm refusing to be played again," Baskin said. 

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

The Big Cat Rescuer CEO added that she told executives to "lose my number," insisting that "there is no explanation for such a betrayal and false portrayal."


The long-time enemy of Joe Exotic sold the Oklahoma property – formerly known as The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park – for $140,000 in June.

A judge granted Carole's Big Cat Rescue sanctuary control over Joe's former Oklahoma exotic animal park in Wynnewood back in mid-2020.

The move was done to satisfy the $1 million judgment she won against him in her long-standing trademark lawsuit.

According to TMZ, the sale also came with one huge stipulation, which prevents the new owners from using the property "to house exotic animals of any kind — or as a zoo, wildlife park or menagerie' for the next 100 years."

The new owners are also reportedly not allowed to name any new business on the property after anything related to its Tiger King past, including Joe Exotic, G.W. Zoo, or anything with the word "tiger" or "big cat."

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