Carole Baskin DWTS, lawyer appeared in the spot.

“Tiger King” alum Carole Baskin made her “Dancing with the Stars” debut Monday night — and her past was unexpectedly dug up during a break in the show. A commercial asking for information about Baskin’s missing husband, Don Lewis, aired in local Florida markets during the premiere episode. Lewis’ family and their lawyer appeared in the spot. 

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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 fans of the docuseries glommed on to it. 

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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. 

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“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. 


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