Host of Tiger King Podcast Wants Margot Robbie to Play Joe Exotic: 'She Would Do a Great Job'

As interest surrounding the riveting demise of Joseph Maldonado-Passage (Joe Exotic) and the Netflix docuseries Tiger King increases, casting for the upcoming miniseries is slowly coming together and Margot Robbie is one of the celebrity names being talked about to play the former Oklahoma zookeeper.

Robert Moor, who hosts the Wondery podcast Joe Exotic  — the miniseries that has been adapted from by Universal Content Productions — revealed the shocking idea of having Robbie play the big cat wrangler during Monday’s episode of Andy Cohen‘s SiriusXM show Radio Andy.

Moor explained to Cohen that he’s been quite involved in the miniseries and shared that “We’ve been talking over a lot of names” when it comes to who will play Maldonado-Passage.

“Names we were throwing around were like Sam Rockwell. My preferred casting — and this is a bit off the wall — would be Margot Robbie. I think Margot Robbie should play Joe in like a gender switch [thing],” Moor said.

While Cohen raved over the idea saying, “Wow!” he added “With all due to Joe Exotic … Margot Robbie ain’t ugly enough to play Joe.”

Moor quipped back saying, “Look at her eyes.”

“That’s the thing if you look at her eyes, she has these eyes that are just like Joe’s … I think she would do a great job with it,” Moor added.

A rep for the star did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

As for any other casting ideas, Moor said that he heard Talladega Nights star “John C. Reilly should play Doc Antle, I like that one a lot.”

Last week, it was revealed that Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon will be portraying Maldonado-Passage’s nemesis, Carole Baskin, according to Variety.

Moor’s podcast follows the two subjects who gained newfound interest with Netflix‘s trending docuseries. The stranger-than-fiction story — which chronicles the criminal spiral of the former Oklahoma zookeeper (Maldonado-Passage) convicted of concocting a murder-for-hire plot to kill his rival animal-rights activist (Baskin) —  is still in development, according to TVLine, and currently has no network or streaming platform attached yet. Additional castings have also not been announced.

In the seven-part Tiger King Netflix doc, viewers learn more about Baskin (who runs an exotic big-cat sanctuary called Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park, Florida) and her bitter rivalry with Maldonado-Passage (also known as “Joe Exotic”), the now-imprisoned founder of an exotic animal park in Oklahoma.

Tiger King also covers the extreme measures Maldonado-Passage took to try to silence his rival — including his conviction for paying a hitman $3,000 to try to murder Baskin in November 2017.

The hit did not go through, and he is currently serving 22 years for the attempted murder plot.

Joe was also found guilty of killing tigers to make room for more big cats at his exotic animal park in Oklahoma.

Since the release of the docuseries, he has filed a federal lawsuit against various government agencies, as well as his former business partner. In his complaint, he is seeking $94 million in damages.

According to the lawsuit obtained by PEOPLE, the former zookeeper and country music singer claimed $73,840,000 is for loss of personal property; 18 years of research; and care of 200 generic tigers and cross-breeds for 365 days a year, at a boarding rate of $60 a day per animal.

The additional $15 million is for false arrest, false imprisonment, selective enforcement and the death of his mother, Shirley.

The lawsuit, which was filed against the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and government agents, accuses them of violating his civil rights.


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Opinion: NCAA’s spring-sports eligibility ruling could put schools, coaches in awkward positions

The NCAA’s decision to grant an extra year of eligibility for every Div. 1 athlete in a spring sport whose season got cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic looks great on paper.

But in reality, it’s going to force schools to make some very tough decisions over the next few months and potentially put coaches in awkward positions with their seniors. 

While the NCAA did the right thing by granting the blanket waiver for athletes in sports like baseball, softball, tennis, lacrosse and more, the devil is in the details.

Rather than mandating schools renew the scholarships of outgoing seniors, which would have been financially devastating to a significant number of Div. 1 programs when added to the scholarships already committed to incoming freshman, the NCAA made the legislation permissive.

That means schools will have the option to give those seniors the exact same scholarship they received this year, reduce the amount of aid or pull the scholarship entirely.

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Certainly, there are going to be a number of spring athletes who are simply done with college and ready to move on, into the work force or a graduate school and don’t want to devote another year of their lives to athletics. 

But what happens if an athlete who has already been around four years wants to come back, but the school simply can’t afford it or the coach would rather use the playing time to develop someone else? 

On the first point, the NCAA’s news release said schools would be allowed to use money from the Student Assistance Fund to renew those seniors’ scholarships. It was unclear immediately how that would work.

Typically, the SAF is there to provide a backstop for athletes who have a significant need that they can’t afford it, which can be anything from a last-minute plane ticket to visit a sick parent to replacing a laptop that got stolen.

According to an NCAA spokesperson, current rules for the SAF prohibit that money to be used on scholarships (i.e., payments to the schools themselves) but it will be allowed for seniors in this particular circumstance. However, the SAF is one area that is likely to be stretched thin this year, given the lack of basketball tournament money that funds it and the potential for widespread need among athletes this year given the economic pain that many of their families could be feeling.

Maybe the NCAA can make that work for every school that needs to cover extra scholarship money, but that seems unlikely to be the cure-all. Rather, we’re likely going to hear a trickle of stories over the coming months about schools that have nudged their seniors in various ways to move on. 

If that’s the case, let’s hope the NCAA makes it easy for those athletes to transfer because, under these circumstances, they deserve nothing less. 

All in all, this is about the best the NCAA could do. Every Div. 1 school is going to have budget issues this year, but for smaller athletic departments that don’t bring in big football revenue, an extra $500,000 they weren’t expecting combined with a smaller NCAA tournament distribution could have crushed them. 

The NCAA isn’t perfect, but it has done a good job mobilizing quickly to address the myriad of complicated issues that cascaded from the world coming to a halt in mid-March. There’s still a long way to go to check those boxes, but it was important to get this one right. 

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Shark Week Is Back for a Special Shark Weekend on Discovery Channel

Usually, you have to wait until the summer for Shark Week, Discovery Channel’s all-sharks, all-the-time programming block. But the network is bringing back Shark Week for a special “Shark Week in a Weekend” binge-athon to keep you entertained during your coronavirus lockdown. 

‘Shark Week in a Weekend’ starts April 4 

Discovery’s #SharkWeekEND kicks off Saturday, April 4 at 9 a.m. ET/PT and runs through Sunday, April 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The marathon will feature fan-favorite episodes as well as a rebroadcast of 2019’s scripted Shark Week original film Capsized: Blood in the Water starring Josh Duhamel. The based-on-a-true-story movie is about a group of friends whose boat capsizes in stormy weather in the Atlantic, turning them into prey for a group of tiger sharks. 

Discovery will also check in with Shark After Dark sidekick Bob the Shark, who is also feeling the effects of coronavirus isolation. 

“I’m a shark. And sharks fear nothing. After a few weeks of home-isolation with my family, I stand corrected,” the toothy late-night star said.  

The complete #SharkWeekEND schedule 

Saturday, April 4 

9 a.m. ET/PT: Shark Vortex

10 a.m. ET/PT: Great Hammerhead Invasion

11a.m. ET/PT: Sharks Of The Badlands

12 p.m. ET/PT: Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins

1 p.m. ET/PT: Air Jaws Strikes Back

2 p.m. ET/PT: Laws Of Jaws: Dangerous Waters

3 p.m. ET/PT: Ronda Rousey Uncaged

4 p.m. ET/PT: Phelps Vs. Shark: Great Gold Vs. Great White

5 p.m. ET/PT: Shaq Does Shark Week

6 p.m. ET/PT: Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy

7 p.m. ET/PT: Bear Vs. Shark

8 p.m. ET/PT: Expedition Unknown: Megalodon

9 p.m. ET/PT: Capsized: Blood In The Water

11 p.m. ET/PT: The Sharks Of Headstone Hell

12 a.m. ET/PT: Air Jaws: The Hunted

1 a.m. ET/PT: Shark Week’s Isle Of Jaws

3 a.m. ET/PT: Sharkwrecked: Crash Landing

Sunday, April 5

9 a.m. ET/PT: Monster Hammerhead

10 a.m. ET/PT: Shark-croc Showdown

11 a.m. ET/PT: Monster Mako: Perfect Predator

12 p.m. ET/PT: Shark Cam Stakeout

1 p.m. ET/PT: Tiger Shark Invasion

2 p.m. ET/PT: Cuba’s Secret Shark Lair

3 p.m. ET/PT: Air Jaws: Fin Of Fury

4 p.m. ET/PT: Extinct Or Alive: The Lost Shark

5 p.m. ET/PT: Legend Of Deep Blue

6 p.m. ET/PT: Naked And Afraid Of Sharks

HGTV, Animal Planet also plan marathons

Several other networks are airing marathons of viewers’ favorite programs. March 30 marathons include Home Town on HGTV and Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. 

Other Animal Planet marathons include My Cat From Hell on March 31 and April 1 and The Secret Life of the Zoo, The Zoo, and The Zoo: San Diego on April 2 and April 3. 

On March 31, HGTV will air a marathon of Good Bones beginning at 6 a.m. ET/PT and a Love It or List It marathon beginning at 12 p.m. ET/PT. Property Brothers: Forever Home will air back-to-back episodes beginning at 12 p.m ET/PT on April 1, while marathons of Unsellable Houses and Windy City Rehab air beginning at 8 a.m. ET/PT and 12 p.m. ET/PT (respectively) on April 2. Friday, Log Cabin Living airs all day, with multiple episodes of My Lottery Dream Home airing beginning at 6 p.m. ET/PT. 

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Presley Gerber steps out with new girlfriend Sydney Brooke

Presley Gerber debuted his new girlfriend, model Sydney Brooke, as they were put to work on the Gerber family business amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Presley, the son of supermodel Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber, beamed as he stepped out with Brooke outside his dad’s popular restaurant Café Habana in Malibu on Saturday.

The male model — who hit the headlines after recently having ‘Misunderstood’ tattooed on his face — painted signs to let customers know that the cafe was still open for take out.

A source told Page Six: “Cafe Habana decided to stay open in this time to serve the community and help our employees. Giving back is the right thing to do.”

Rande is also the co-owner of billion-dollar tequila brand Casamigos, which also has its HQ in Malibu.

Presley posted a photo of him and Brooke on Instagram, writing: “We work together … literally.”

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Model Tamara Francesconi shows off her incredible figure in a green kaftan and bikini – The Sun

TAMARA Francesconi shows why her fans turned green with envy when she started dating Brit actor Ed Westwick.

The South African features in this photoshoot for World Swimsuit, which showcases “the world’s most beautiful swimsuit models”.

The shoreline shots show her wearing a flowing kaftan which she paired with jade green bikini bottoms.

The Sun revealed Gossip Girl actor Ed, 32, and Tamara, 23, were dating last October after being introduced through mutual friends.

Ed went public with bikini model Tamara during a lunch date in Los Angeles.

A source at the time said: “Tamara’s head over heels with him and Ed is proud to tell everyone Tamara is his girlfriend.


“His friends and family all approve and think they’re a great match.”

The pair have been inseparable ever since.

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Aaron Carter’s Girlfriend Melanie Martin Arrested For Domestic Violence

Melanie Martin, the girlfriend of Aaron Carter, was arrested and released on bond on suspicion of felony domestic violence.

According to E!, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department revealed that authorities responded to a call regarding a domestic dispute between a male and female on Sunday night (March 29).

At that time, after speaking to both individuals, the female was taken into custody.

Melanie was released from jail on Monday after posting a portion of her $50,000 bond.

After her release, Aaron took to social media about her arrest and the domestic violence charges.

“so sad, ;( I hope she gets the help she needs. no one deserves domestic abuse female OR MALE #DomesticAbuse #Cheater she literally chocked me out…. i’m devastated,” Aaron wrote.

He added in another tweet about the seriousness of males being abused by their partners. See it below!

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Would a fitter patient get a ventilator over me? Dr Hilary answers your coronavirus questions – The Sun

AS the NHS struggles to cope under the huge pressure of caring for the seriously ill, it is vitally important to follow government advice and only contact them in an emergency.

But in these uncertain times, many of you have been looking for reassurance and advice. That is why we have teamed up with Dr Hilary Jones, who is here to answer our readers’ questions. We have received more than 7,000 so far. Today, Dr Hilary – health editor for ITV’s Good Morning Britain – busts a few myths and gives his expert advice on how best to protect yourself.

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Q. MY daughter works for the NHS and is staying in a hotel as her partner has asthma. Is it safe for her to move in with us? We are all key workers.

A. The safest option would be for your daughter to remain in the hotel. We need as many key workers to stay in their jobs, and the more that live together, the greater the risk of them exposing one another to the virus.

Q. I’M 53, have diabetes, heart failure and have had a stroke. If I got coronavirus, would a healthier, younger patient get a ventilator over me?

A. Hopefully it will never come to that. If the NHS becomes overwhelmed, very difficult decisions will have to be made. This is why society needs to work together and follow the recommended guidance.

Q. I’M struggling with anxiety and feel nauseous. I’ve had to take some days off work because of it. What can I take to ease my nausea?

A. Anxiety often causes physical symptoms, such as nausea. Have a break from tuning in to gloomy news, enjoy exercise and talk through concerns with friends and family by phone or online. There are also mental health charities if you need them.

Q. MY fiancée and I live apart. I stay on my own in my house with no other family, while she lives with her son. Is it safe to still see each other?

A. If you are busy­ working and out and about, there’s a risk you could take the virus to your fiancée and her son. If you can bear to stay apart you minimise the risk. If you move in together and live as a household, the risk, of course, would be the same but you won’t be travelling back and forth.

Q. MY 81-year-old gran lives alone. My family have been taking it in turns to stay with her. Her younger sister also lives alone and has offered to stay with my gran. Is it safe for her to do so?

A. If they can look after each other rather than have many different people visit and stay, it makes sense. However, they might still require the rest of the family for deliveries and supplies.

Q. I’VE heard they are using a malaria drug to fight the virus. Is this true?

A. Clinical trials are ongoing into many potential treatments for coronavirus, including anti-malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. Currently, there is no solid evidence that these prevent or can treat coronavirus.

Q. MY two-year-old and four-year-old have had a cough and a slight temperature, but the cough is only in the mornings. Could these be symptoms?

A. Toddlers rarely get more than mild symptoms. Your children’s coughs are not persistent and, of course, a temperature is very common in children due to other conditions such as earache and tonsillitis. See how they get on. The likelihood is that this is not Covid-19.

Q. CAN heavy rain or snow stop coronavirus?

A. There is no evidence from around the world that countries experiencing coronavirus are any better off because they have a warmer or colder climate.

Q. CAN you catch coronavirus from ­having sex?

A. Physical distancing — which means keeping a distance of two metres from other people — is vital. You cannot get much closer to somebody else than having sex. That said, if you are living with somebody else, you derive no benefit from abstaining from sex as you are in close frequent contact anyway.

Q. I REGULARLY wash my hands. Is it beneficial to do the same with my lips?

A. Should the virus have already been transmitted to your mouth and lips, the chances are that it is already within your respiratory system. Handwashing is the crucial thing as this is how the virus is usually transmitted to your face.

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The Sex Toys You Should Add to Your Collection, Based on Astrology

Since astrology is having a big cultural moment, it’s only that natural that we turn to the stars for guidance on matters of the mind, body and spirit. We regularly use astrology to talk about how to boost your love life according to the zodiac calendar, so why not look to the stars to decide on the right sex toy for you?

Each zodiac sign carries its own distinct energy and flavor: There are rambunctious, excitable fire signs, emotional and connection-seeking water signs, cool and aesthetically-minded air signs and practical and comfort-loving earth signs. Of course, every person is more than their sun sign (the one that you’re most likely to read about in your horoscope). Your whole birth chart — which you can and should get read by an astrologer, if you’re able to! — includes a number of different signs and elements that make up who you are, astrologically. So maybe take a look at what your Venus and Mars signs (planets of love and sex) or our moon (your inner self) or ascendant signs (your outer self and appearance) might say about you.

From there, take a look at some toys that might help bring out a deeper, more connected sexual experience — whether you’re playing solo or with a partner or two. You might just find that a toy is a great way to introduce a new activity or a new layer of intensity to the ways you have sex.

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T.C. Carson Says He Was From 'Living Single' For Speaking Up To Production

Living Single was one of the first of its kind to document successful friendships and careers of young African Americans. The show aired for five seasons on FOX and one of the viewers most beloved characters was played by actor T.C. Carson.

Carson disappeared after season four, only returning for the finale episode in the last season. He recently opened up about what led to his firing in a new YouTube series interview – and explained how speaking up against a rival show cost him his job.  

T.C. Carson on ‘Living Single’ was beloved by viewers

Carson played the role of s suave New York City investment banker named Kyle Barker, who embodied a renaissance man persona. Outside of Wall Street, Barker was a singer and musician, well-read and well-traveled. Carson explained on Comedy Hype that he was intentional about how he transformed into his character. 

“Kyle is a combination of a few friends of mine and my dad. A doctor friend of mine, a lawyer friend of mine, a social worker friend of mine, and my father…I pulled from all of those people to create who he was. I thought it was very important for us to see a young black man that was successful in his business, that was very connected to his heritage and his culture, that treated women a certain way, and that treated his friends and his family a certain way – and I hope that came off through that character.”

Barker was a primary character on the show for the first three seasons and much of his storyline centered on his love-hate relationship with Maxine Shaw. The two eventually dated but failed to make it work due to their strong personalities.

But, the dynamics between the two was a fan favorite and some of the greatest comedy scenes throughout the show featured Shaw and Barker. By season four, Carson’s involvement on the show fizzled. 

T.C. Carson says ‘Living Single’ writers tried to portray stereotypical characters 

Carson explained that there were creative differences between the writers and the cast, specifically in terms of Carson’s interactions with his best friend and roommate Overton Jones. According to Carson, the writers wanted the two characters to behave in a stereotypical fashion – with Barker as the smart friend and Jones as a jive character. They both refused.

“We went to them and said, ‘Look, we know what you’re trying to do but you cannot put two buffoonish men against four strong women,’” he said. “Two buffoonish black men against four strong black women. You have to think about it differently.”

Carson says the writers listened to their complaints and made adjustments but it took some time because the cast was unwilling to speak up at first out of fear that there would be reproductions.

After watching episodes back that made him cringe, he made the decision to take a stand. Ultimately he does not regret speaking out because it sparked change in the show’s narrative.

T.C. Carson says he was fired from ‘Living Single’ for being viewed as having too much influence

Carson explained that though his suggestions were taken into account by writers, issues on the show persisted. As a cast, he says they’d often meet to voice their concerns about the show but in the end, he acted as the spokesperson for the group. Carson says that he was called into a meeting to discuss the cast complaints.

“The last season before I left, they called me in and they basically said well, ‘All these problems that we’ve been having, they [the cast] listen to you, you’re the person they listen to,’” he explained. “‘So if you said something else, then they would do that.”

Carson says that he was confused, especially because everyone on the cast was of age and capable of making up their own decisions about what they wanted. He also felt singled out because to him, their decisions were collective and not based on his own ideas. When he rebuffed in the meeting, he says those in charge did felt he was speaking out of term.

Creative differences weren’t the only problems the cast allegedly complained about, there were also complaints of budgets, marketing, and the way he says the cast were treated in comparison to others on the network. Once the show Friends was created, the network poured all resources into the new show. Carson mentioned how he felt about such to production. 

Ultimately, he was never actually informed that he was fired during the meeting. Instead, he says after watching an episode that featured his character taking a job in London, he received a call from his lawyer that his contract for season five was not renewed. Carson says the way in which he was fired, coupled with the network treating them second hand in comparison to Friends was cowardly. 

Despite the way things opened, Carson is open to be part of a potential reboot of the show.

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Vile moment woman ‘SPITS and coughs on Walmart worker after not paying her full bill’ – The Sun

A WALMART shopper was filmed allegedly spitting and coughing on an employee after apparently not paying her full bill.

The vile moment, caught on video and shared to YouTube via Viralhog, shows the crazed woman berating Walmart workers at the cash register, spitting, and appearing to force a cough.


It is believed the incident took place on March 26 at a Walmart in Yreka, California, but The Sun has not been able to verify this.

The woman who took the video told ViralHog she noticed the altercation as she was waiting in line and started recording when the customer became aggressive.

She added: "This was all over $22 that she still had to pay. She did not want to put anything back and she believed that she paid for everything in her cart."


Shortly after the video started, the shopper gets angry, puts her hand on part of the register, and says: "I'm trying to see what I purchased. You guys are so dumb.


The seemingly manic woman later told the manager: "I coughed. Did you see how easy it was to get the spit out? It's a lesson."

According to the person who took the video, police arrived after the video ended and the woman calmly walked outside.

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