‘Tiger King’s’ Baskin, rap­per Nelly to com­pete on ‘Danc­ing With the Stars’


Like all cool cats and kit­tens, Ca­role Baskin is go­ing to “Danc­ing With the Stars.”

The re­al­ity TV star who be­came a pop cul­ture sen­sa­tion with Net­flix’s do­cuseries “Tiger King” is join­ing the new crop of celebrity dancers that in­cludes rap­per Nelly, for­mer NBA star Charles Oak­ley and Back­street Boys singer AJ McLean.

The new sea­son premieres on ABC on Sept. 14.

On the Net­flix se­ries “Tiger King,” Baskin, who owns a big cat refuge, sought to shut down Joseph Mal­don­adoPas­sage’s for-profit breed­ing of big cats. His nick­name is “Joe Ex­otic” and her sig­na­ture line is “cool cats and kit­tens.”

Mal­don­ado-Pas­sage is serv­ing a 22-year fed­eral prison term for killing five tigers and plot­ting to have Baskin killed. In June, a fed­eral judge awarded Baskin own­er­ship of the pri­vate Ok­la­homa zoo run by Mal­don­ado-Pas­sage.

Oth­ers slated to ap­pear on the danc­ing show are cheer team coach Mon­ica Al­dama, “Bach­e­lorette” star Kait­lyn Bris­towe, NFL star Ver­non Davis, TV and film ac­tress Anne Heche, Dis­ney Chan­nel teen Skai Jackson, “One Day at a Time” ac­tress Justina Machado, “The Real” co-host Jean­nie Mai, “Des­per­ate Housewives” hunk Jesse Metcalfe, “Cat­fish” host Nev Schul­man, “Sell­ing Sun­set” real es­tate agent Chrishell Stause and Olympic fig­ure skater Johnny Weir. Pro­duc­ers are mum about pan­demic-re­lated pro­duc­tion changes, although they say the pairs won’t be wear­ing masks or dance so­cially dis­tantly, if that were even pos­si­ble.

Su­per­model and busi­ness­woman Tyra Banks will host the new sea­son af­ter long­time co-host Tom Berg­eron and Erin An­drews an­nounced their ex­its from the se­ries in July.

Ca­role Baskin

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