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Joe Exotic's Husband Dillon Passage Insists 'Tiger King' Star Never Had Coronavirus

By Clark Sparky

Rumors started swirling last month that Joe Exotic, the star of the hit Netflix series "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," had contracted the coronavirus when he was moved to the medical unit of the Fort Worth, Texas prison in which he's serving time. His husband, Dillon Passage, insists he never had COVID-19.

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"He does not have COVID-19 but at the previous facility he was at, there were multiple cases," Passage told Entertainment Tonight. "So when he got moved, I think it was just like a safety precaution for this new facility in Fort Worth. To just keep him isolated just in case he did have it so he wasn't gonna pass it on to anybody else."

A message someone posted on Exotic's official Facebook page last month also claimed he did not have the virus.

"Joe DOES NOT have the COVID-19 virus, he's in a 14-day quarantine because he was transferred from another facility," the post read. "He won't be able to read or answer you back unless any of you who wish to communicate via email puts money into his commissary."

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While the show was the first breakout binge-worth hit of the quarantine, some of those involved have been highly critical of the series.

Myrtle Beach Safari owner Doc Antle is particularly unhappy with the show.

is because Doc Antle has been such a high profile wildlife personality for so many decades that his association would create more buzz," he wrote in an Instagram post.

He added: "It is important to understand that this series is not a documentary; it’s sensationalized entertainment with paid participants. Tiger King is the bizarre story of Joe and Carole and their feud."

"These characters are not representative of experts in the wildlife sector or world class facilities like ours here in Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach Safari has been recognized by the state of South Carolina as one of the pre-eminent wildlife facilities in the United States. We’ve also received international accolades for the critical role we provide with our qualified, captive breeding programs and our global conservation efforts of threatened and endangered species."

Antle also lays out the guidelines his facility follows to make sure they are doing everything above-board:

"Myrtle Beach Safari adheres to all USDA guidelines, and our animals are treated with the utmost care. We have never had a USDA violation and work collaboratively with various state and federal wildlife agencies to ensure our animals receive the very best life each and every day. "

"All cubs are cared for cradle to grave the wild accusation that we would ever euthanize a cub is manufactured sensationalism. It’s a complete fabrication that A tiger looses [sic] its value at a certain age they all have a place. It’s Also illegal, immoral,and unjust."

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