Youtubers prank Tiger King’s Carole Baskin into giving her first public interview
Carole Baskin, known for her appearance on Netflix’s Tiger King, gave her first public interview to YouTube pranksters Josh Pieters and Archie Manners who pretended to be producers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Tiger King, which was released on Netflix on March 20, follows the life of zookeeper known as Joe Exotic and his years-long feud with Baskin, who accuses him of abusing exotic animals.
Meanwhile, Exotic claims Baskin killed her former husband and fed his remains to the tigers in her Big Cat Rescue sanctuary.
Since the docu-series aired on the streaming website, Baskin has said she refuses to take part in any interviews to discuss the show because of how her husband’s disappearance was portrayed.
However, the conniving duo managed to convince the animal rights’ activist to do the interview by ensuring her that Fallon would not discuss the contents of Tiger King with her.
To carry out the prank undetected, Pieters and Manners edited hundreds of snippets of questions from Fallon’s previous interviews with other celebrities and played them to Baskin during a Zoom call.
The Youtubers told Baskin that while she would not be able to see Fallon, he could see her.
After the video was posted, Baskin said she suspected the interview questions were prerecorded, but did not think it was part of a prank.
“I was suspicious as we were doing it because the questions appeared taped,” Baskin told US Weekly. “But had no idea it would turn out to be such a fun prank. It gave us a very welcome good laugh. I appreciate their cleverness and that they created their video in a way that I don’t feel was in any way mean-spirited.”
Big thanks to Carole for taking our video in the spirit it was intended; I'm glad the Big Cat Public Safety Act is still getting some publicity, even if it's not on Fallon. pic.twitter.com/NRjK4d2aNy— Josh Pieters (@joshua_pieters) May 4, 2020
Pieters and Manners have pulled off dozens of pranks on their YouTube channel, including one on media personality Katie Hopkins.