Carole Baskin made her debut on Dancing With The Stars earlier this week. During the broadcast, the family of Baskin's missing husband, Don Lewis, aired a commercial addressing his disappearance, as well as the accusations that Baskin had something to do with it. In Tiger King, Baskin's rival Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known by his stage name, Joe Exotic, alleged Baskin fed Lewis to the tigers at her animal sanctuary Big Cat Rescue. Lewis' three daughters Gale, Lynda and Donna, as well as his former assistant Anne, asked for anyone with information in the case to come forward.
John Phillips, the Lewis' family's lawyer, took to Twitter to condemn ABC for casting Baskin on DWTS, as well. "Tonight during Dancing with the Stars the family of Don Lewis aired a special message in response to Carole Baskin being on the show," Phillips wrote, linking to the commercial. "We are disappointed the producers are choosing sensation of answers and ratings over justice."
TMZ caught up with Baskin as she left rehearsals on Wednesday (September 16) to ask her opinion about the Lewis family airing that ad during her debut. When asked if she hopes the commercial will help find Lewis, Baskin said that would be "wonderful" and a great "side benefit" to her appearance on the reality show.
Lewis has been missing since 1997. Baskin denies any involvement in his disappearance. The Lewis family announced a $100,000 reward for any viable information or tips about the case and shared a tip-line for anyone with information to call.