Star of new viral Netflix show Tiger King Joe Exotic (real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage)has been hospitalised, it has reported.

There are fears the TV sensation may have caught covid-19 in the Texas prison where he is currently serving time for 17 charges of animal abuse and two counts of murder for hire.

According to the Mirror, his 24-year-old husband Dillon Passage, recently spoke out to say he was concerned Joe would contract the potentially deadly virus, as it was present in his last prison.

The Tiger-lover had been self-isolating but may have contracted the virus, according to a report from the prison.

Television station KFDX-TV's website Texomashompage.com initially reported he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been transferred to a hospital.

Speaking to Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM Radio Andy show on Wednesday, Dillon said: "We speak like three to five times every day, but since he's been moved to this new facility, they are putting him on a COVID-19 isolation because of the previous jail he was at, there were cases.

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"I've yet to speak to him since he moved."

Dillon then confirmed that Joe "is in his own COVID-19 quarantine".

He continued: "From what I know, yes. From what he told me."