Tiger King’s Carole Baskin claims she was “betrayed” by Netflix when they made the documentary and says she was promised she was portrayed as the hero.
But instead, the documentary features allegations from Joe Exotic that she killed her husband Don Lewis - a claim she denied - and fed him to her tigers, leading to outrage on social media and even death threats.
Her husband Howard Baskin appeared on Loose Women on Friday where he talked about the detrimental effect the show had on their lives.
Host Christine Lampard asked: “Howard, 64million of us watched Tiger King, we all found it thrilling and indeed shocking.
“How was it for you, what was life like straight away off the back of this series?”
Howard replied: “Initially it was extremely difficult, in my mind Tiger King basically had three overarching lies associated with it.
“One was that Joe is a sympathetic figure who is a victim, another one was the way they mistreated Carole and made her the villain, and another one was that sanctuaries like Big Cat Rescue are like roadside zoos.
“So initially we were overwhelmed with hate mail to a degree I never would have imagined.”
Speaking about watching the show for the first time and realising it was not what he was allegedly promised, Howard said: “It was enormous disappointment, a feeling of betrayal, people had told us that they were making a Blackfish that would expose animal abuse, not something that was going to portray Carole the way they did.”
Blackfish was a bombshell documentary that revealed allegations of abuse against Seaworld and its treatment of the orcas there.
“They even played us a trailer where Carole was the hero, and there was a text screen that said, ‘And there is one woman battling all these horrible men’.
"And that is not the way things turned out, so that was a shock and disappointment.
"We had to organise our people to deal with massive social media negativity, really crazy stuff.
“They made her out to be a home-wrecker, she supposedly broke up this marriage was a gold-digger… And the nonsense about whether she was involved in the disappearance of her husband.
“We didn’t realise until we watched it, we were watching episode three saying, ‘What the hell happened here?’”
Christine added that they had reached out to Netflix but the producers declined to comment on the allegation.
Asked by Jane Moore if the couple feared for their lives, Howard replied: “There has always been that issue dealing with these people.
“There were very serious threats from Joe trying to hire someone to kill Carole, so we ended up taking additional precautions, once the FBI told us about Joe’s efforts.
“We put on security around the house, we started carrying a pistol in our car, we would be watching to see if we were being followed.
“Looking around at the cars around you and when you park looking to see if anyone pulling in next to you."