On Monday night, Carole Baskin of “Tiger King” fame made her debut on “Dancing With The Stars.” While she was undoubtedly excited about her debut, she could not have been happy to find out that the family of her missing first husband ran a commercial during the show.
Those who watched “Tiger King” on Netflix will know that Baskin has long denied claims that she was involved in her first husband Jack “Don” Lewis’ 1997 disappearance and subsequent death, according to Fox News. In the commercial that aired during “Dancing With The Stars,” the Lewis family held nothing back as they made it clear that they still want answers about what happened to him.
The ad featured Lewis’ daughters Gale, Donna and Lynda demanding answers about their father’s fate.
“I’m Gale, one of Don Lewis’ daughters, we are a real family and to us, he was daddy,” Gale says in the commercial, with Lynda adding, “We miss our dad.”
“I’m Donna, I’m Don Lewis’ oldest daughter. We need to know what happened to our father,” Donna chimes in to say.
Lewis’ former assistant Anne, who also was featured in “Tiger King,” took part in the commercial as well, saying, “All we’re asking is justice for Don.”
The Lewis family then released a brief statement through their attorney, John M. Phillips, who said, “Don Lewis mysteriously disappeared in 1997. His family deserves answers. They deserve justice. Do you know who did this or if Carole Baskin was involved?”
The commercial aired during the premiere of season 29 of “Dancing With The Stars,” which featured Baskin performing a dance to the song “Eye Of The Tiger.”
Lewis disappeared before a scheduled trip to Costa Rica in 1997, and his body has never been found. He was declared dead in 2002, and Baskin has been denying involvement in his disappearance ever since he went missing.
Many fans, however, do believe that Baskin was involved somehow, so it came as a shock when she was announced as a member of the cast of the ABC reality television competition show.
“The biggest thing for me is the longer my partner and I can stay in the running and in the competition it will keep the cats forefront in the viewers’ eye, and to me that was where ‘Tiger King’ missed the ball,” Baskin told PEOPLE magazine of joining the cast. “It really should have been focused on the animals and I’m hoping dancing with the Stars will do that. I am competitive but I am competitive with myself. I want to do the very best that I can possibly do.”