Tiger King's Joe Exotic once pointed gun at Home and Away's Tammin Sursok

Former Home and Away star Tammin Sursok has revealed the terrifying moment Tiger King's Joe Exotic pointed a gun at her while at a bar in the US.

The 38-year-old shared the story with b105’s Breakfast with Stav, Abby and Matt on Friday, revealing she was with her producer husband Sean McEwen at the time.

Home and Away's Tammin Sursok
Home and Away's Tammin Sursok has revealed that Tiger King's Joe Exotic once pointed a gun at her head at a bar in the US. Photo: Getty

Tammin said the pair walked into "one of his (Exotic’s) bars" to film a project, when the Tiger King himself walked in and suddenly pulled a gun on them.

"We were in one of his bars and he pulled a gun on us... The actual Joe Exotic pulled a gun on us and was like, 'Get out of our bar!'," she recalled.


"And then the producer came in and said, 'No, no, they are allowed to shoot here', and he was like, 'OK', and put his gun away."

When asked if she thought her life was in danger, she said you have to think the worst when guns are involved.

"In America, you always think they’re going to shoot and there’s so many... We heard gunshots the day we left. You can’t ever think that they’re not, so you’re always on the defence.

Joe Exotic
Tammin says she was at one of Joe Exotic's bars when the incident occurred. Photo: Netflix

"I mean he pulled a gun on us and if we had fought him he would’ve shot us in the arm. I’m sure if we kerfuffled, I don’t know, I wouldn’t put it past him. You don’t know what people are like when they’re protecting something that they value."

The actress added that her husband thought Joe's life would make for a great show at the time, "My husband said to me that night, 'It’d be so great to get the rights to his story,' and we were like, 'Nah, nothing would happen with that!'"

Netflix's Tiger King would of course go on to become one of the most popular TV shows of 2020.

"That was the worst decision we ever made," Tammin said of not getting the rights to Joe's life story at the time.

Joe, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced to 22 years in prison last year after he tried to hire a man to kill animal rights activist and rival Carole Baskin. He also killed five tigers in October 2017 and falsified forms involving the sale of wildlife.

He had been trying to find someone to kill her since July 2016 and unknowingly met with an undercover FBI agent to discuss the details of the planned murder, according to CNN.

"Because of his constant threats to kill me, I have found myself seeing every bystander as a potential threat. There is no where that I have felt safe, and worse, no way that I feel I can safeguard those around me," Baskin said in a statement. "So many of his threats involved blowing me up, so that he could thrill over seeing me burn to death."

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