“What you guys saw, that was Joe Exotic at his finest,” said Saff in a statement.
“But there were a lot of things that were not shown. He used to put on these beautiful dinners every single Thanksgiving at the farm for people to come and have a hot, wonderful home-cooked Thanksgiving meal for free.”
The zookeeper said the series portrayed all the staff members precisely and maintained that “there’s always more to every person’s story.”
What viewers see in 45 minutes is a nutshell of a person’s life.
“On my behalf, there’s so much more to me than what you guys saw on camera. I have made my mistakes and I’ve had my struggles and my hardships.”
Kelci Saffery has also revealed his character being ‘misgendered’ in the show. He says he identifies as a man.
Saff was admired as ‘the smartest person’ in the series and has since addressed the fact that he has been frequently misgendered as he goes by the pronouns ‘he/him’, which was not recognized.
Tiger King has been a success worldwide and received mixed reviews. Joe Exotic, one of the characters documented on the show is currently serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison for 17 federal charges including animal abuse, murder for hire, and plot to kill Big Cat Rescue CEO, Carole Baskin.