Carole Baskin wants viewers of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ to see the person she really is as opposed to how she is portrayed in the Netflix ‘Tiger King’ documentary where she was implicated as a ‘husband killer’.
The big-cat rights activist was announced as part of the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series 29 line-up earlier this week.
Appearing on Good Morning America before shooting ‘Dancing with the Stars’, Carole spoke up about the Netflix documentary, she said: “‘Tiger King’ really glamorised animal abusers and villainized me for trying to stop animal abuse, and so I felt really betrayed by that.”
She went on to say: “But what amazed me was how many people believed that false portrayal of me without doing anything to find out who I really am. It’s been a nightmare since ‘Tiger King’ aired.”
The documentary suggests that Carole Baskin was responsible for the mysterious disappearance of her second husband Don Lewis in 1997.
Carole said that she would like to move the focus onto animal rights and welfare, particularly when it comes to big cats, and for viewers to see the ‘true her’.
She continued to say on Good Morning America: “The longer my partner and I can stay in the running and in the competition it will keep the cats forefront in the viewer’s eye and to me that was where ‘Tiger King’ missed the ball.”
Others to join the new season include Disney Channel star Skai Jackson, rapper Nelly, former Desperate Housewives actor Jesse Metcalfe, Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean, and Return To Paradise actress Anne Heche.
The new season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ premieres on Monday, September 14th on ABC, with Tyra Banks as host.