Tiger King star Jeff Lowe has denied an internet conspiracy that he is Carole Baskin’s ex-husband, in a Reddit AMA that went disastrously wrong.
Lowe, the former business partner of convicted tiger breeder Joe Exotic, has been at the centre of a conspiracy after Tiger King fans claimed he bore a resemblance to Baskin’s first husband, Michael Murdock.
Tiger King, which launched on Netflix in March, revolves around the long-time feud between Exotic and animal conservationist Baskin. Exotic is currently serving 22 years in prison for his part in an alleged plot to have Baskin murdered.
A viral Twitter thread theorised that Lowe and Baskin worked together to frame Exotic. In Exotic’s absence, Lowe has taken over the animal park that Exotic once ran.
Responding to a fan’s question suggesting the pair’s resemblance, Lowe said: “You’re a brilliant man and she is not my type. If I was stuck on a deserted island with her, I would f*** a coconut.”
He continued: “I’ve seen the side by side pictures. It looks more like John and Joe’s love child.” The John in question is Exotic’s former lover John Finley.
Lowe’s Reddit AMA was otherwise an awkward one, with numerous Tiger King viewers using the opportunity to troll him.
“As a senior citizen, why do you dress yourself like an anthropomorphised can of Monster Energy?” read one question.
Another wrote: “I actually have a question for your wife. Lauren, why do you put up with this disgusting f***ing a*****e and let him belittle you and treat you like trash?”
Lowe also used the AMA session to allege that Tiger King’s producers misled him about the nature of the series.
“They framed it as an expose on Carole Baskins [sic],” Lowe wrote. “And to Carole, they said it was warning against the dangers of keeping tigers. They misrepresented the show to everyone.”
Baskin previously called the series “salacious and sensational”, leading the show’s co-producer to deny that she was “coerced” into participating in it.