Like all cool cats and kittens, Carole Baskin goes to “Dancing With the Stars.”
The reality TV star who became a pop culture sensation with Netflix ‘docuseries’ Tiger King’ joins the new crop of famous dancers, including TV and movie actress Anne Heche, former NBA star Charles Oakley and Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean.
The new season will premiere on ABC on September 14.
In the Netflix series “Tiger King,” Baskin, who has a sanctuary for big cats, tried to shut down Joseph Maldonado-Passage’s profitable 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 sentence for killing five tigers and planning Baskin’s murder. In June, a federal judge awarded Baskin ownership of the private Oklahoma zoo run by Maldonado-Passage.
Others scheduled to appear on the dance show include cheer team coach Monica Aldama, ‘Bachelorette’ star Kaitlyn Bristowe, NFL star Vernon Davis, actress Skai Jackson, actress Justina Machado, TV host Jeannie Mai, Jesse Metcalfe, rapper Nelly, TV presenter Nev Schulman, real estate agent Chrishell Stause and Olympian Johnny Weir.
Supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks will host the new season after longtime co-host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced their departure from the series in July.