Carole Baskin Has This Message for Her Haters After ‘DWTS’ Elimination (Exclusive)
By Zach Seemayer
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The tiger queen has been dethroned. Carole Baskin became the second celeb to get the boot on this season of Dancing With the Stars, and she's opening up about her elimination, her time on the show, and her surprising message for her critics and detractors.
After three weeks in the competition, the big-cats rights activist and her pro partner, Pasha Pashkov, were sent home following their Samba to "The Circle of Life" from The Lion King. The dance duo consistently placed at the bottom of the leaderboard each week, and were also in danger of elimination last Tuesday. Thanks to judge Derek Hough, they were able to spend one more week in the competition, over NBA legend Charles Oakley and Emma Slater.
Hough told Baskin and Pashkov on Monday, however, that he couldn't save them two weeks in a row, therefore choosing the other couple in the bottom -- Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe -- to advance this time around.
When asked by ET's Lauren Zima via video chat if she had any parting words for either her haters or her supporters after Monday's episode, Baskin laughed and shared, "I love you both, because you've all kept it in the press."
"With all the horrible things that have been said and all the wonderful things that have been said, people are talking about big cats and why they don't belong in cages," she added, "and nothing could make me happier than that."
Meanwhile, she was also able to bring a lot of attention to her work with big cats and her cause during her DWTS run, but she says she wasn't surprised that it came to an end this early in the season.
"I don't feel shocked at all," Baskin told ET's Lauren Zima via video chat after Monday's episode. "The people who stayed on the show can really, really dance, and that's what the show is all about."
Clearly Baskin is taking the elimination in stride.
"I'm thankful that Dancing With the Stars gave me the opportunity [for] getting the message out there about big cats," the animal activist and Tiger King star shared. "So I've accomplished everything I came here to do."
Baskin was joined by Pashkov while speaking with ET, and she had tremendous gratitude for his help and his teaching.
"I had no expectations about what this would be like, other than I didn't think anybody could teach me to dance in a million years," Baskin said, with a laugh.
Baskin made cats a predominant theme of her time on the show. For her and Pashkov's first number, they danced a Paso Doble to "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor. Their second routine was a Viennese waltz set to Tom Jones' "What's New Pussycat."