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Tiger King star Carole Baskin ‘offered big money deal’ by I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

Josh Milton June 13, 2020
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Carole Baskin of Big Cat Rescue. (Netflix)

Only the coolest cats and kittens get the chance to appear on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, and it seems the queen of them all, Carole Baskin, might be appearing on the contest.

ITV bosses of the British reality TV series are apparently desperate for Baskin to be on the show as a guest judge.

The animal rights activist became a household name after her stint on the Netflix docu-series Tiger King, which documented how her bitter rivalry with Joe Exotic curdled into a seedy plot to do violence against her.

ITV ‘hopes’ to net Netflix star Carole Baskin with ‘big money’ to appear on I’m a Celeb.

According to a source, The Sun said, ITV leaders are “hoping” to court the 59-year-old Big Cat Rescue sanctuary owner, 59.

“Jungle producers have made a formal approach and hope she will do it,” the source alleged, noting that they offered Baskin “big money” for the role.

While ITV told the publication: “All names at this stage are speculation.”

Police confirm Tiger King star Carole Baskin’s missing husband’s will, which left her everything, was forged.

It comes after local authorities confirmed that the will of Baskin’s missing husband was “100 per cent a forgery”.

Carole Baskin’s late husband Don Lewis mysteriously disappeared in 1997 and was declared legally dead in 2002. His family were cut out of his will, leaving his wife with over $5 million in assets including his animal sanctuary in Tampa, Florida.

The case was thrust back into the public eye thanks to Tiger King, sparking interest and an influx of tips to the Florida sheriff who is investigating the case.

It appears the full story has yet to unfold, though, as a Florida sheriff has now stated that Lewis’s will was a forgery.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that the notary listed on the will and a power of attorney document remembers nothing about authenticating them.

“I don’t remember a will at all,” Sandra Wittkopp told the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. “I was the housekeeper.”

Another purported signer of the will, Susan Aronoff, had already told deputies that she falsely testified to being present for the will signing, when she actually wasn’t.

Furthermore, two separate handwriting experts have now concluded Lewis’ signature was “traced” from his 1991 marriage record. These reports were confirmed by Hillsborough County sheriff Chad Chronister.

“They called in some experts to say that the will was a forgery and I had already told them that two months ago,” Chronister told 10 Tampa Bay. “They had two experts deem it 100 per cent a forgery.”

However, the will has already been executed and the statute of limitations has now expired, meaning that it’s unlikely that prosecutors can pursue any charges relating to the will.

More: Carole Baskin, i'm a celeb, I'm a Celeb... Get Me Out of Here, ITV, Joe Exotic, netflix, Tiger King

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