One more for the cool cats and kittens! The Tiger King aftershow episode wrapped up everything we learned in the first seven parts of the docuseries. Though it didn't feature both the Tiger King and Queen themselves, we did see a pretty intense transformation from Joe Exotic's ex-husband, John Finlay.
The eighth episode in the wild series premiered on April 12 and was conducted using video chat with host Joel McHale.
He posed questions to guests that we got to know through the series. That included Jeff and Lauren Lowe, John Reinke, Joshua Dial, John Finlay, Saff, Erik Cowie, and Rick Kirkman.
However, self-proclaimed Tiger King Joe Exotic wasn't featured in the episode. Entertainment Weekly claims that he's currently quarantined at a medical prison in Texas. He was moved there following multiple cases of COVID-19 at the Oklahoma prison where he's serving 22 years.
Exotic's sworn enemy Carole Baskin wasn't in the episode either because of her disappointment with how she was portrayed. EW writes that Baskin told them she had "not been approached about a new episode and would not participate if asked."
Perhaps one of the most shocking parts of the 40-minute long aftershow was the radical transformation by Exotic's former husband, John Finlay.
Tiger King: Where Are They Today? Find out now with the all-new aftershow: The Tiger King and I https://t.co/JB84nPx77b— Netflix (@Netflix) 1586711687
Finlay was featured throughout the series, almost always shirtless, with tons of tattoos and piercings, and quite a few missing teeth.
Now, the Tiger King star looks so different, he's almost unrecognizable.
In the bonus episode, Finlay appeared wearing a shirt, cowboy hat, glasses, one AirPod, and a full set of sparkling white teeth. His transformation certainly caught the attention of viewers, who are in awe at how much he's changed.
holy frick john finlay got teeth #TigerKing https://t.co/rStjt7TtBX— jordan lucero (@jordan lucero) 1586678623
So Tiger King - John Finlay looks so much better with his set of new teeth. In Episode 8 he looks so different— perry corfield (@perry corfield) 1586681237
John Finlay is the glow-up of 2020 already.. that’s it #TigerKingNetflix #tigerking https://t.co/N8JU4DSiJU— Colleen Deere (@Colleen Deere) 1586696231
During the aftershow, Finlay shared that he now has a fiancé who he watched all seven episodes of the series with.
However, according to PEOPLE, he felt that Tiger King inaccurately represented him. He told the news outlet that it "made me look like a drugged-out hillbilly. But at the time I did that, I was five years clean. I am now six years clean."
Finlay even got his tattoo that read "Privately Owned by Joe Exotic" completely covered up and healed since filming took place. If you were wondering, he revealed that it was totally his choice to go shirtless in each interview, noting that he had tattoos he loved to show off.
The aftershow episode just aired yesterday but with the popularity of the series, it seems many people spent their Sunday tuning in.
Some weren't too impressed with what it had to offer, with one person even comparing it to the final season of Game of Thrones.
Others were "underwhelmed," calling it "hot garbage. Unnecessary. Unappealing." As well as a "horribly desperate ratings grab."
Was anyone else really underwhelmed by the bonus Tiger King episode? Lol— Jeremy Morales (@Jeremy Morales) 1586750296
That "bonus" episode of Tiger King was hot garbage. Unnecessary. Unappealing. Someone at Netflix misjudged the psyc… https://t.co/j0g4ZcuccT— Heather WhenThereAre9 Merriweather (@Heather WhenThereAre9 Merriweather) 1586754381
@netflix y’all should’ve quit while you were ahead with tiger king, the bonus episode was a horribly desperate rati… https://t.co/F95Y6nI4a6— Gabe G (@Gabe G) 1586756438
That Bonus episode they did for Tiger King was trash I’m so disappointed smfh— Jon🇬🇹 (@Jon🇬🇹) 1586759513
For how unreal #TigerKing was the bonus episode was that bad. What a waste of time 💩💩💩— Gregg (@Gregg) 1586757514
Disappointed with the ‘bonus’ episode of #TigerKing ☹️ #JoeExotic #CaroleBaskin— Sarah Crabtree (@Sarah Crabtree) 1586773493
But still, other Twitter users were pretty satisfied with how it wrapped up everything covered in the series.
Loving every single minute of this bonus episode of #TigerKing.— Erika (@Erika) 1586738321
"I was famous. 2009 was a great year for me." @joelmchale Love it LOL. This bonus episode of #TigerKing is awesome.— AJ *That's what she said* Jones (@AJ *That's what she said* Jones) 1586741963
We couldn’t have done better for this bonus #TigerKing episode....?— Alek (@Alek) 1586744012
Finished the bonus episode of #TigerKing 😳 I could watch this show forever!! Mesmerizing! 😜— itsmetei92 (@itsmetei92) 1586747598
I appreciate the bonus episode of Tiger King, @netflix, but I need about 5 more hours. We’re all in quarantine. Giv… https://t.co/G6HxgZuKP9— Cassandra (@Cassandra) 1586749410
I can’t imagine a better host for this #TigerKing bonus episode than @joelmchale Perfection.— Laurie McIntosh (@Laurie McIntosh) 1586749190
Viewers called the episode "mesmerizing," "the closure we all deserve," and another even wants more footage to sink their teeth into.
You can catch the aftershow episode titled The Tiger King and I on Netflix now.