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Joe Exotic of 'Tiger King' Is in a 14-Day Quarantine over Coronavirus Fears

Olowokandi Fiyin
Apr 05, 2020
12:30 A.M.

Netflix's "Tiger King" star, Joe Exotic, has been put in a 14-day quarantine hold amid coronavirus fears.

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Joe Exotic has been placed in a 14-day quarantine hold after inmates at his former jail tested positive for coronavirus. The disclosure came during Andy Cohen and John Hill's exclusive chat with the "Tiger King" star's husband, Dillon Passage.

According to NBC News, Joe has been transferred to FMC Fort Worth, which is a federal medical center in Texas that is operated by the Bureau of Prisons. The facility is reportedly a one-hour drive from Joe's former zoo, the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park.

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Britney Spears also showed her affiliation with the "Tiger King" when she performed at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards with a live python around her shoulders.

Fox 25, however, noted that Joe, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, claimed that he tested negative for the virus. Through his Facebook post, Joe also explained to his followers that:

"He won't be able to read or answer you back unless any of you who wish to communicate via email puts money into his commissary."

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He added that once he was out of isolation, he would go back to uploading pictures and updates to his Facebook page. Despite Joe's claims, Dillon didn't specify whether his husband tested positive to Andy and John during their chat.

It would be recalled that Joe began serving a 22-year sentence after he was found guilty of falsifying wildlife records and for getting involved in a 2017 murder-for-hire scheme.

Meanwhile, EW noted that certain celebrities had shared some connection with the subjects talked about in "Tiger King," in the past. One of these stars would be basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal who has visited Joe's zoo several times before.

NBA basketball player Shaquille O'Neal speaks onstage at the 27th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf=Astoria on September 24, 2012 | Photo: Getty Images

NBA basketball player Shaquille O'Neal speaks onstage at the 27th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf=Astoria on September 24, 2012 | Photo: Getty Images

Additionally, the basketballer donated money toward the care of the animals and even made a short appearance in the Netflix documentary.

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Britney Spears also showed her affiliation with the "Tiger King" when she performed at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards with a live python around her shoulders.

The singer who energetically belted out her hit single, "I'm a Slave 4 U" made her entrance in a cage with a tiger and its wrangler which was the "Tiger King's" Antle.

Singer Britney Spears attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures' "Smurfs 2" at Regency Village Theatre on July 28, 2013 | Photo: Getty Images

Singer Britney Spears attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures' "Smurfs 2" at Regency Village Theatre on July 28, 2013 | Photo: Getty Images

Other stars that have come in contact with the animals at the parks managed by the subjects of "Tiger King," include boxer Floyd Mayweather, rapper Da Brat, DJ Steve Aoki, YouTuber Logan Paul, and WWE wrestler, Undertaker.

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