TIGER King's Carole Baskin's first interview since the popular show came out on Netflix in March will air tonight.
Unfortunately, the big cat activist thought she was exclusively talking to Jimmy Fallon when she was really talking to two prankster YouTubers.
YouTubers Josh Pieters and Archie Manners performed an experiment where they wanted to see if they could trick celebrities into giving them interviews.
However, the way they did it was by telling them that they would be talking to a late-night show host, like James Corden or Jimmy Fallon.
They were able to fool UK pop star Craig David, TikToker Holly H, "Love Island" couple Molly-Mae and Tommy Fury, and magician Julius Dein and made them believe they were talking to James Corden.
But for their final experiment, they were able to score an exclusive interview with Tiger King's very own Carole by pretending to be Jimmy Fallon.
Josh talked to INSIDER about why he chose Carole and how he was able to get her to agree to a fake interview.
He explained: "Here's a chance where we could perhaps interview some high level talent because we are going under the guise of being a really famous show.
"And we thought, why don't we take a shot in the dark and go for the most exclusive, hard to reach person in the world, with absolutely no hope of it working?"
He then explained that they used a fake email address to reach Carole and tell her they were producing live segments for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Ultimately, she agreed to the interview.
They then went through thousands of Jimmy Fallon clips where he uses the word "cat" and pieced them all together to make Carole believe she was actually talking to the late-night show host.
Josh explained: "As you'll see in the video, Jimmy Fallon has interviewed people named Cat, he's interviewed the cast of 'Cats,' and he's actually interviewed a real cat.
"So we had quite a lot of options for using the word cat. We tried our best to make it work with that."
Of course, the way the two YouTubers landed the interview may seem a little shady and may have people wondering whether it's illegal or not.
The 26-year-old had previously explained their methodology in another interview: "I think we always we always try to, not only from a creative point of view, but also from a slightly moral point of view, not completely dupe someone by breaking the law or doing something really wrong," Pieters said in a previous interview.
"We always try to give people a bit of a chance."
The interviewer admitted that they weren't really expecting it to work.
"Like all of our ideas, we really didn't expect it to work, and then it did work," he said. "I guess it's that trying to run an experiment and see if it works with not much hope of it working," he said. "And then when it does work, it's always quite fun to watch."
Baskin is a "very interesting lady," Pieters said, and is excited to share the interview with the world.
"We really did not expect it to work," he said. "We still can't really believe we managed to interview Carole Baskin."
As most people know, Carole is one of the main characters in the docuseries Tiger King.
She was Joe Exotic's enemy and spent years trying to shut down his zoo and cub petting operation.
It was the Tiger King himself who first alleged that Carole murdered her first husband, Don Lewis.
Carole, never officially a suspect, has vehemently protested her innocence over “lies and innuendos” in the Netflix series.
The animal activist simply claimed that he had disappeared and made for dead, but new evidence shows he was actually murdered.
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