All of you cool cats and kittens better be ready because Carole Baskin is officially roaring her way onto the dance floor. On Wednesday, the Tiger King star was confirmed among the list of celebrities joining Dancing With the Stars Season 29. The cast was announced on Good Morning America.
Baskin, of course, shot to popularity at the start of pandemic-related lockdowns in March as Netflix debuted its hit docuseries, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, which became one of the streamer's most successful shows, earning 34.3 million viewers in the first 10 days of its release. The series followed Joseph Maldonado-Passage, the eccentric Oklahoma zookeeper better known as Joe Exotic, and his rivalry with Baskin, the owner of Florida's Big Cat Rescue. One episode of the series was entirely devoted to Exotic's conspiracy theory that Baskin had something to do with the disappearance of her second husband, Don Lewis, something that the upcoming DWTS dancer has fiercly denied.
In the months following Tiger King's debut, Baskin's newfound fame saw her name being tossed around as a potential candidate for Season 29 of ABC's beloved dancing competition. Rumors had first been sparked in June when the Daily Mail reported that producers were eyeing a number of high profile names, including Baskin. That theory gained more steam after Bristowe, a confirmed competitor, mentioned Baskin as a potential competitor. Those theories were still running rampant in late August.
Baskin will join fellow celebrities including Vernon Davis, Monica Aldama, Jeannie Mai, Nelly, Jesse Metcalfe, Nev Schulman, Kaitlyn Bristowe, AJ McLean, Chrishell Stause, Skai Jackson, Anne Heche, Justina Machado, Johnny Weir, Charles Oakley. This season's professional dancers, meanwhile, include Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and Britt Stewart. The pairings are not scheduled to be revealed until the premiere episode.
The upcoming season will see more than just a new list of celebrities. Viewers tuning into the season will no longer be seeing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews hosting. The duo was confirmed to be leaving the series in July, with supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks set to take over.
Dancing With the Stars Season 29 premieres on Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Stay tuned to PopCulture.com for the latest updates.