Alas, after all of his campaigning from inside of prison, the star of 'Tiger King' has not received a pardon before Donald Trump left the Oval Office.
And Joe Exotic and his team were so sure that a pardon was imminent, that he had a limousine waiting outside of his Texas prison ready and waiting for him. We love a trier and all, but that was just another way to jinx yourself.
Exotic, who took over our living room screens last year in Netflix's 'Tiger King', is currently serving a 22-year sentence in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2019 he was convicted of allegedly hiring a hitman to assassinate his rival Carole Baskin. There were also a number of animal abuse charges thrown in for good measure.
Now, we're not sure if this is 100% legit, but this is the 38ft "Monster Ram Truck Limo" that was allegedly waiting in the wings outside of prison.
Joe Exotic's legal team tell me they are "100% confident" Trump will pardon the 'Tiger King' from his 22-year criminal sentence. Here's the 38ft "Monster Ram Truck Limo" they've reserved to pick him up. They plan to grab some McRibs immediately after. pic.twitter.com/mK69eGLiBV
— Greg Walters (@thegregwalters) January 19, 2021
Unfortunately for the wishful thinker, who has pleaded with outgoing and impeached US President Trump on a number of occasions to be pardoned, he will have to serve the remainder of his sentence.
Before leaving Washington to either sunny Florida or blustery Scotland (both are rumoured to be his final destination this week), Trump issued 143 pardons to a range of accused people. Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, and Trump's former campaign manager Steve Bannon have all been acquitted.
Ahead of his pardoning, Joe Exotic's name has (and still is) trending on Twitter. Many followers of Exotic's plight have been tweeting their reaction to his snub.
You already know who Joe Exotic gonna blame for not getting pardoned... pic.twitter.com/fMKKLMHpNs
— Ethereal bisexual who wears mostly black (@Travon) January 20, 2021
"Trump pardons Lil Wayne, snubs Joe Exotic" is exactly the kind of headline this presidency was always going to end with huh
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) January 20, 2021
Me waiting to see if Joe Exotic gets pardoned pic.twitter.com/7J29evFpOX
— Drew (@_Overdrewmatic) January 19, 2021
Joe Exotic was hoping for a Trump pardon and even had a limo waiting, but it was a stretch.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 20, 2021
The Biden/Harris inauguration will be taking place in Washington later today, with Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez expected to perform.