YouTube pranksters fool 'Tiger King' star Carole Baskin into thinking Jimmy Fallon is interviewing her

The fake interview was carried out on Zoom

‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin now has ownership of rival Joe Exotic’s old zoo in Oklahoma. Netflix 
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Tiger King has gripped millions. The hit Netflix docuseries took viewers into the dark world of private zoos and big cat ownership in the US. If there are two standout characters from the real-life series, it's Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin.

The latter has been the subject of a prank by YouTube stars Josh Pieters and Archie Manners. The duo have fooled a number of celebrities into thinking they are appearing on talk show interviews, and managed to trick Baskin by making her believe she was being interviewed by Jimmy Fallon.

Pieters and Manners told Insider that they had tried to get Baskin to answer the "questions you didn't know you had."

A handful of stars have been pranked on Zoom by Josh Pieters and Archie Manners, including TikTok star, Holly H. YouTube
A handful of stars have been pranked on Zoom by Josh Pieters and Archie Manners, including TikTok star, Holly H. YouTube

The interview is not yet live, but seems to have been carried out on Zoom. Going off similar pranks they have pulled off, the duo play extracts via past recordings by the talk show host, prompting the interviewee to answer questions as if they are speaking to them live.

The full prank video will be available to watch on Pieters and Manners YouTube channel at 11pm (UAE) on Sunday, May 3.

Baskin has remained fairly quiet since the Tiger King series dropped, and did not appear in the bonus reunion episode.

"Like all of our ideas, we really didn't expect it to work, and then it did work," Pieters told the publication.

"I guess it's that trying to run an experiment and see if it works with not much hope of it working. And then when it does work, it's always quite fun to watch."

Baskin is not the only subject of the duo's pranks.

They also managed to convince British singer Craig David and social media star Holly H into thinking they were talking to James Corden, as well as Love Island stars, Molly Mae and Tommy Fury.

"Everyone is using Zoom," they explain at the beginning of the video pranking David and Holly H. "During this stay-at-home season, every TV show is interviewing their guests remotely."

"So, I wondered, can the celebrity guests always see who is interviewing them when they're on TV," Pieters muses on the video. "Would it be possible to trick celebrities into thinking James Corden is interviewing them by just playing them old recordings of James Corden's TV show?"

"We really did not expect it to work," he said. "We still can't really believe we managed to interview Carole Baskin."