Carole Baskin's Missing Husband's Family Buys Commercial During 'DWTS'

Carla Harmon
September 15, 2020

Don Lewis' family bought a commercial during the premiere of Dancing With the Stars to ask for tips about his whereabouts. Joe Exotic even recorded an entire song suggesting she offed him before feeding him to her tigers.

Some huge news just came in about tonight's Dancing with the Stars premiere and one of the celebrities competing for the Mirror Ball trophy, Carole Baskin.

It was all speculation, of course - Carole called it "the most ludicrous of all the lies" in the show - but then police reopened the case after they started getting tip-offs about the 1997 disappearance, while Sheriff Chad Chronister confirmed Don's will was a forgery.

Meanwhile, Baskin has been basking in the limelight, and Monday night's debut performance was a flawless example.

It was given 11 by the judges but it was the advert in the commercial break that got the biggest reaction online.

The spot opened with Lewis's three daughters Gale, Lynda and Donna explaining how much they miss their dad and how they "need to know what happened" to him.

The family lawyer John Phillips also speaks and specifically names Carole Baskin.

The family is offering a $100 000 (R1.7 million) reward in the hope they'll finally get justice for Don after 23 years. "Do you know who did this or if Carole Baskin was involved?"

Baskin's late husband mysteriously disappeared in 1997 and was declared legally dead in 2002. Still, Don's family isn't convinced that she didn't have anything to do with his disappearance.

Theories about what happened to him formed part of the hit Netflix series, including suggestions that Baskin, who received most of his $6m (£4.5m) estate, was responsible for his disappearance.

No evidence of Lewis being killed has ever surfaced, and Baskin vehemently denies having any involvement, but investigators believe it is unlikely that he disappeared on his own.

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