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Joe Exotic Was Never Actually Married To John Finlay

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Joe Exotic Was Never Actually Married To John Finlay

Since it landed on Netflix last month, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has both gripped and fascinated viewers in equal measure.

But it's not just Joe Exotic's murder case or Carole Baskin's missing husband that have had people scratching their heads - many have been wondering what the deal was with Joe's three-way marriage.

In the docuseries, the eccentric zookeeper is seen tying the knot with employees John Finlay and Travis Maldonado at a ceremony back in 2014.

But according to John - who ran away with a female colleague - they never really married.


Speaking to David Wade as part of his Lights Out series, John said: "Right now I have a fiancé.

"But just to clear the record, me and Joe were never legally married. Ever.

The trio tied the knot in 2014. Credit: Netflix
The trio tied the knot in 2014. Credit: Netflix

"The girl I ran off with, we had a kid, we spent three years together. We never got engaged, never got married, anything like that."


Adding: "I will be married soon."

But the marriage wasn't the only thing John revealed. He also told the host that their outfits were all Joe's idea, and that despite being 'together', admitted that he and Travis weren't the best mates.

"We weren't really great friends but we were friends," he said.

Joe Exotic is currently serving 22 years behind bars for two counts of murder-for-hire, as well as 17 wildlife offences.


Eric Goode, who co-directed the documentary with Rebecca Chaiklin, told LADbible that despite the kinds of attention it has attracted, Joe loves it.

John revealed that the three of them were never really married. Credit: Netflix
John revealed that the three of them were never really married. Credit: Netflix

Goode said: "Joe has called up Rebecca and I from jail since the airing of the documentary and, you know, he has lived his entire life just to be famous and so to finally realise this fame is just... He's tickled pink.


"Even though he's behind bars it's really interesting to see Joe's response - it's incredible, and very surprising.

"He's absolutely thrilled."

One person who isn't so happy, however, is Joe's wildlife rival Carole Baskin, who claimed it spread lies about her involvement in the disappearance of her former husband Don Lewis.

In a lengthy post to her Big Cat blog, Carole said she was 'disappointed' by the 'salacious lies' reported in the film.


She wrote: "Lies in Netflix Tiger King regarding disappearance of Don Lewis.

"There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the docuseries not only does not do any of that, but has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers."

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available to watch now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Interesting, US Entertainment, Netflix, Weird

Dominic Smithers
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