Tiger King: Joe Exotic had secret ‘wife and children’, TV producer claims

Netflix viewers have been sent into meltdown over Tiger King, a seven-part documentary that follows the life of Joe Exotic.

And, following the series, new information has come to light about the zoo owner – who is currently serving 22-years in prison for animal abuse charges, and conspiring to kill Carole Baskin.

It recently emerged that he fathered son Brandon Chappell with former girlfriend Kim, however TV producer Rick Kirkham has revealed he also had a secret wife.

And taking part in a livestream Q&A session Rick Kirkham lifted the lid on the 57-year-old’s private life.

In a very candid chat with journalist Per Sundnes, he said: ‘Very few people realise Joe was married to a woman years before.’

However, Rick did not make it clear whether Joe was married to Kim, or another woman.

He also revealed that Joe’s son Brandon, 38, actually appeared in Tiger King, but viewers were left in the dark over their true relationship.

‘He had children and his son came to work at the zoo the summer that I was there, the very first summer,’ he continued.

‘His son Brandon is in the documentary and I’m surprised that the documentary didn’t bring that up.

‘Joe treated his son worse than he treated the other employees. He expected more out of him, he expected him to take more leadership and do harder work.

‘He had his son sweeping the park instead of giving him a decent job, feeding the animals or something like that. 

‘It was almost as though he regretted having a child, that he regretted having been married.’

Fans have been obsessed with every single part of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, since the show dropped on Netflix last month.

However, while this part of his life was not included in the show, Joe’s niece Chealsi Putman, opened up about his relationship with Brandon.

‘Joe was in and out of Brandon’s life when he was growing up, at one point just a few years ago Brandon and his then wife, both worked at the zoo with Joe,’ she told the DailyMail.

‘Joe would go around telling everyone this was his son, he made no secret about it.

Chealsi claimed that Brandon and Joe’s relationship broke down after Joe reportedly tried to push Brandon’s wife into certain conduct at the zoo.

This caused Brandon and his wife and children to leave the zoo after a clash with Joe. 

It is not known if they currently have a relationship.

Tiger King is available to stream on Netflix now.

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