Joseph Maldonado-Passage, the subject of the Netflix docuseries, is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for his part in a murder-for-hire plot.
The star of the popular Netflix docuseriesTiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is currently in isolation behind bars out of an abundance of caution during the coronavirus pandemic.
Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka 'Joe Exotic,' the Tiger King, is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for his part in a murder-for-hire plot.
Maldonado-Passage's husband, Dillon Passage, recently spoke with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM's Radio Andy and said that the former zoo owner has been placed in COVID-19 isolation.
Maldonado-Passage is not necessarily thought to be infected, but since he recently transferred from a prison with multiple cases, he was placed in isolation for safety, his husband told Cohen.
The Netflix series has become wildly popular, dominating entertainment news coverage.
Florida authorities on Tuesday confirmed tips have been rolling in daily concerning a cold case featured in the docuseries.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister of Tampa addressed local media regarding the disappearance of Jack Donald 'Don' Lewis, saying the sheriff held a meeting on Monday regarding the case and will be reviewing “a lot of the evidence.'
The sheriff also said his office was getting at least six tips a day, as Chronister on Monday asked for new leads amid all the interest in the show. The 1997 disappearance of Lewis is part of the Netflix series.
Listen to the entire interview below.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Board members have also kept mum even as some staffers at the network have expressed their disappointment: 'Everyone's dumping all over Fox anchors, and rightly so, for not taking this seriously.'
The Fox News Channel is facing questions about its coverage of the novel coronavirus, which hosts like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro initially downplayed as a cudgel to "bludgeon" President Trump politically. But the network's advertisers don't have much to say about the coverage.
This week, The Hollywood Reporter reached out to 13 of the network's top advertisers in 2020, based on data from the measurement company Alphonso, and asked whether the companies plan to continue buying ads on the Fox News Channel amid the pandemic. Only one of those advertisers, autoglass company Safelite, responded.
"Our business is very focused on providing an essential service to our customers, many of whom are first responders," a Safelite spokesperson said. "They need their vehicles, more than ever, to be safe in order to keep them on the road serving communities devastated by COVID-19. That is our priority and focus at this time."
Representatives for Nutrisystem, the network's top 2020 advertiser, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Nugenix, Sandals Resorts, Sleep Number, GEICO, Intuit, NewDay USA, Norton, Progressive, DealDash and Allstate did not respond.
While reticent to comment publicly for fear of retribution, some Fox News Media employees have expressed their disappointment with the coverage.
"While the anchors were on air calling the whole thing a hoax to impeach the president, we were having daily meetings on how to prepare for a 9/11-like scenario and how we'd stay on air," one behind-the-scenes Fox staffer told THR.
"Everyone's dumping all over Fox anchors, and rightly so, for not taking this seriously," another Fox employee said, mentioning network personalities like Ingraham.
In response to a request for comment, a Fox News spokesperson said on Wednesday, "The cherry-picking of our opinion coverage is grossly irresponsible and we are extremely proud of our coverage and the public service we've provided to millions of Americans."
Hannity, in particular, has rejected public criticism that he or Trump downplayed the severity of the virus, lashing out in a series of tweets on Wednesday at New York Times columnist Kara Swisher, who wrote that "the network spent too long spraying its viewers with false information about the coronavirus pandemic" and misled her Fox-watching mother about the threat.
Hannity replied, in part, "Hey Kara, 10 days after the first confirmed Covid 19 case in the USA Jan 21 President Trump implemented the travel ban Jan 31 Did the Potus make the right decision? Or do you agree with Quid Pro Quo Joe, that it was 'Hysterical Xenophobia...
Over the past two weeks, Disney and Fox Corporation both issued warnings of “adverse impact” from the coronavirus pandemic on their business. Both companies also sold debt securities, raising $6 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively.
Disney, which combines the company’s legacy assets with those acquired in the $71.3 billion Fox acquisition, this week sent an internal memo announcing companywide pay cuts for all executives VP and above.
Meanwhile, Fox Corp., comprised of the assets left behind in the merger, two weeks ago sent an internal memo informing employees the company would be covering everyone’s medical insurance premiums for the next six months. “Your health and safety are our priority during this challenging time,” CFO John Nallen wrote in the memo. “We will continue to look for ways to ease the stress and inconvenience that these circumstances have brought to our daily lives.”
While the sports networks under the Fox Corp. umbrella have been significantly impacted by the suspension of almost all live sports, Fox Entertainment and Fox News have seen their ratings rise, boosted by increased TV viewing as millions of Americans stay at home to help slow the spread of the virus.
Fox News had its highest rated quarter ever in Q1. But’ the cable news network’s role during the pandemic has been widely criticized for underplaying the dangers of the coronavirus early on and for politicizing the outbreak.Fox
Meanwhile, Fox Entertainment organized the first big coronavirus relief special, the Elton John-hosted Fox Presents: The iHeart Living Room Concert For America, which has raised more than $10 million to date. Fox Corp. matched sponsor Procter & Gamble’s $500 million donation and is double matching each donation by a company employee.
Facing deep skepticism a year ago whether it could survive without an affiliated studio following the departure of 20th TV for Disney, the now-independent Fox Entertainment came out of the gate strong, winning the fall in adults 18-49 for the first time in a decade.
And, through the fortunate confluence of events and circumstances, it has now found itself as possibly the most “coronavirus-proof” traditional media company.
While CBS, ABC snd NBC are taking major hits from the cancellation of March Madness and the suspensions of the NBA, NHL seasons and the Summer Olympics, along with a slew of premiere events in other sports like golf and tennis, Fox’s sports schedule for the season has remained largely intact. Postseason baseball and NFL football wrapped before the outbreak hit, and WWE is a rare major sports league to continue to operate as close to normal as possible, keeping Smackdown on Fox’s schedule.Fox ...