Carole Baskin of Tiger King gives an interview to pranksters who simulated a conversation with Jimmy Fallon

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By Adam S. Levy for Dailymail.com

Carole Baskin broke her media silence – sort of.

While the character of 58-year-old Tiger King has been a mom for over a month since entering the national scene with the success of Netflix docuseries, she delivered her first interview to a pair of YouTube prank experts named Josh Pieters and Archie Manners.

“In a world exclusive,” said Pieters, “we offer you the first global interview with Carole Baskin – making the Tiger Queen think she was a guest at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The latest: Carole Baskin, 58, gave her first interview since Tiger King to YouTube pranksters Josh Pieters and Archie Manners, who posed as the producers of The Tonight Show and were the personalities of Jimmy Fallon.

The latest: Carole Baskin, 58, gave her first interview since Tiger King to YouTube pranksters Josh Pieters and Archie Manners, who posed as the producers of The Tonight Show and were the personalities of Jimmy Fallon.

Pieters and Manners laid the foundation for the rib by telling Baskin that they represent a production company called Invisible Object that facilitates guest appearances in talk shows (as guests appear during videoconference in the middle of the shutdown almost national due to coronavirus).

Baskin’s, who has been a hot topic in the midst of her ongoing feud with Joe Exotic, initially refused the overtures from Pieters and Manners, saying she was upset by Exotic’s allegations in the Netflix series that she had killed her late husband Don Lewis.

Pieters and Manners told Baskin that the interview would be focused only on cats and would not touch the controversies of Tiger King; and used clips of cats talking about Fallon to lead a discussion with Baskin.

After some initial communication complications, Pieters and Manners said they had settled the legal issues with the Baskin camp, preparing it for Zoom’s appeal.

Difficult: Baskin initially refused the openings of Pieters and Manners, saying she was upset by Exotic's allegations that she had killed her late husband Don Lewis

Difficult: Baskin initially refused the openings of Pieters and Manners, saying she was upset with Exotic’s allegations that she had killed her late husband Don Lewis

Vendetta: Baskin was a hot topic in the middle of his ongoing feud with Joe Exotic from the series, illustrated in his 2018 mug shot

Tiger King: Joe Exotic is pictured with one of his beloved animals in a marketing photo for the Netflix series

Vendetta: Baskin was a hot topic in the middle of his ongoing feud with Joe Exotic from the show, pictured in his 2018 mug shot and right with one of his tigers

Sign of the times: pranksters used Zoom to lead the elaborate trick

Sign of the times: pranksters used Zoom to lead the elaborate trick

Real deal: Jimmy Fallon continued to interview celebrities amid coronavirus blockages - although he was not involved in the Baskin farce at all

Real deal: Jimmy Fallon continued to interview celebrities amid coronavirus blockages – although he was not involved in the Baskin farce at all

In the chat, Baskin, who runs the Big Cat Rescue at the Florida Wildlife Sanctuary, said she has to fire 50% of her employees and that she is on hand every day to take care of the animals.

“My daughter and I always come to the sanctuary every day because we have to take care of all the big cats here,” she said.

“Unfortunately, due to the loss of tourism revenue, we have had to abandon about half of our staff and, fortunately, all of our animal care is provided by volunteers.”

Tough times: Baskin, who runs Florida's Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary, said it has to lay off 50% of its employees

It's a grind: Baskin said that she is there every day to take care of the animals

Tough times: Baskin, who runs Florida’s Big Cat Rescue wildlife sanctuary, said she has to lay off 50% of her employees

Details: Pieters (photo) and Manners laid the foundation for the rib by telling Baskin that they represented a production company called Invisible Object

Details: Pieters (photo) and Manners laid the foundation for the rib by telling Baskin that they represented a production company called Invisible Object

She added, “The animals still get their daily care, but that means we all have to work twice to make sure that happens … I work seven days a week but I’m a workaholic, so I really like make it work. ‘

She said the ongoing virus-related closure may force her to close her business due to the loss of tourism revenue.

“After Covid-19, I just don’t know if we can tour again,” she said.

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