Commercial asking for information about Carole Baskin’s missing husband airs during her “DWTS” debut


Carole Baskin of “Tiger King” appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night, and a commercial asking for information about Baskin’s missing husband, Don Lewis, aired in local Florida markets during the episode, according to CBS News. 

Lewis’ family and their lawyer appeared in the commercial. Lewis, who went missing in 1997, was married to Baskin, who owns a big-cat rescue in Florida. During the 2020 Netflix documentary series “Tiger King,” a rival rescue owner known as Joe Exotic alleged Baskin killed Lewis and even alleged that she put him in a meat grinder and fed him to her big cats. Baskin has denied the allegations, and she was never charged with a crime, but viewers of the series brought the case back into the spotlight. 

Now, Lewis’ daughters Gale, Lynda and Donna, and his former assistant, Anne McQueen — who all appeared in the docuseries — are speaking out against Baskin again. They appeared in the ad along with the family’s attorney, John M. Phillips. “We miss our dad,” Lynda said in the ad. “We need to know what happened to our father,” Donna said. “Don Lewis mysteriously disappeared in 1997. His family deserves answers. They deserve justice,” Phillips said. “Do you know who did this, or if Carole Baskin was involved?” The family revealed a $100,00 reward for information in connection to Lewis’ disappearance, encouraging viewers to call their tip line. 

Baskin responded to the ad in an interview saying that she was “not at all surprised,” according to Yahoo. She called the ad a publicity stunt, claiming that she has nothing to say to the family or the public regarding the matter. She also mentioned that as long as there is attention on her, she can refocus it onto “the cats,” and that it is a “good thing.” 


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