Carole Baskin may not have the “Eye of the Tiger” after all.
On Monday, the “Tiger King” star, 59, received the lowest scores during the Season 29 premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” receiving a total of 11 points out of a possible 30 after her Paso dance to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” with partner Pasha Pashkov.
Baskin’s night also took an unexpected turn outside the ballroom, as the daughters of her missing ex-husband, Don Lewis, appeared in a commercial that aired during the show.
“We need to know what happened to our father,” Lewis’ eldest daughter, Donna, said in the ad.
John M. Phillips, the family’s attorney, also appeared on-screen with the siblings, along with Lewis’ former assistant, Anne McQueen.
“Don Lewis mysterious disappeared in 1997, his family deserves answers. They deserve justice. Do you know who did this or if Carole Baskin was involved?” Phillips said in the clip.
The Lewis family also mentioned a $100,000 reward had been funded, and that a tipline is also available.
“Tiger King” star Joe Exotic has accused Baskin of harming Lewis, which she has denied multiple times.
Baskin wasn’t the only “Dancing with the Stars” personality who endured a rough opening night, fans also skewered new host Tyra Banks on Twitter for her debut.
“Dancing with the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
New book ‘The Meaning of Mariah Carey’ reveals family secrets
Get ready to sip the tea, dahlings — as only Mariah Carey can brew it.
The superstar pop diva is serving all the dish that you can eat up in her much-anticipated memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” out on Tuesday. It’s the first release of a big Mimi week: She’ll also drop a new album, “The Rarities” — a collection of previously unreleased recordings — on Friday.
But by then, loyal Lambs — as Carey’s faithful fans are called — will know a lot more secrets about the star from reading her book. Here are 10 juicy highlights, from the singer getting drugged by her sister and held at knifepoint by her husband to the sad story behind her becoming the Queen of Christmas.
1. She felt she didn’t belong
Growing up biracial, with a white mother and a black father, Carey didn’t feel that she belonged — or even deserved to exist.
“There was a time in my early childhood when I didn’t believe I was worthy of being alive,” she writes. “I was too young to contemplate ending my life but just old enough to know I hadn’t begun living nor found where I belonged. Nowhere in my world did I see anyone who looked like me or reflected how I felt inside.”
2. She grew up in a violent household
She writes in the book that her “broken” big brother, Morgan, was violent and abusive — to the point that one night, a 6-year-old Carey had to call the cops after her teenage sibling hurt their mother. “Choking in tears, I did my best to calmly tell her, ‘My brother really hurt my mother, and I’m home alone. Please come help.’ … One of the cops, looking down at me but speaking to another cop beside him, said, ‘If this kid makes it, it’ll be a miracle.’ And that night, I became less of a kid and more of a miracle,” she writes.
3. She survived an alleged murder attempt
Carey writes that of her mother’s lovers threatened to kill her and her mom for leaving him. “He was holding a long double-barreled shotgun in one of his hands,” she writes. “ ‘I’m not going to let you guys go,’ he said. ‘I’m going to chop you up and put you in the refrigerator and make you guys stay here.’ Well, after he said that, I rushed to get into the car. My mother started the engine.”
4. Her sister drugged her and left her prey to her boyfriend when she was a pre-teen
Carey claims in the book that, when she was only 12, her older sister Alison drugged her with a whole Valium and left a young MC prey to one of her boyfriends, who was packing a pistol on a creepy car ride.
“John, his gun, and I made two stops: a card game and a drive-in movie,” she writes. “John put his arm around me. My body went stiff. My eyes were fixed on his gun. John pushed in closer and forced a hard kiss on me. I was nauseous and scared; I felt immobilized.” But thankfully, she was saved by an elderly man “peering directly into John’s car … I committed that man’s face to memory.”
5. She called living with her ex-husband a prison
She would keep a “to go” bag under the bed she shared with her ex-husband — and former label head — Tommy Mottola at their Bedford, New York compound, which she referred to as “Sing Sing.” “I would keep my purse filled with essentials just in case I had to make a quick escape,” she writes. “Captivity and control come in many forms, but the goal is always the same — to break down the captive’s will, to kill any notion of self-worth and erase the person’s memory of their own soul … But thankfully, I smuggled myself out bit by bit, through the lyrics of my songs.”
6. She claims her ex threatened her with a knife
Carey says that Mottola once held a knife on her when she wanted to leave him. “I was sitting still, looking down at the table, when Tommy walked over and picked up the butter knife from the place setting in front of me,” she writes. “He pressed the flat side of it against my right cheek…Tommy held the knife there. His boys watched and didn’t say a word … That was his last show with me as the captive audience at Sing Sing.”
The Post has reached out to Mottola for comment.
7. She lives “Christmas to Christmas”
Carey, who is famous for celebrating “anniversaries” instead of birthdays, breaks down her concept of time in the preface.
“Once I got my record deal I exhaled, and my life began,” she writes. “From that day on, I calculated my life through albums, creative experiences, professional accomplishments, and holidays. I live Christmas to Christmas, celebration to celebration, festive moment to festive moment, not counting my birthdays or ages … Why ruin the journey by watching the clock and the ticking away of years?”
8. Christmas wasn’t a happy time growing up
Miss “All I Want for Christmas Is You” maintained her love for all things Xmas despite her family playing Scrooge as a child. “I couldn’t fathom why every year, they just had to ruin Christmas,” she writes. “I set about creating my own little magical, merry world of Christmas … All I needed was a shower of glitter and a full church choir to back me up. My imaginary Christmas was filled with Santa Claus, reindeer, snowmen, and all the bells and trimmings a little girl’s dreams could hold.”
9. She knew she was a musician at 3 years old
Carey was born to be a diva — in every sense of the word. She got it from her mama, a Juilliard-trained opera singer.
“One day, while practicing an aria from the opera ‘Rigoletto,’ she kept stumbling on this one part,” she writes. “I sang it back to her, in perfect Italian. I might have been three years old. She looked at me, stunned, and at that moment I knew she saw me. I was more than a little girl to her. I was Mariah. A musician.”
10. Her 2001 ‘TRL’ appearance was a ‘stunt’
Her infamous “TRL” appearance in 2001 — rolling an ice-cream cart and rocking a “Loverboy” t-shirt — was a stunt gone awry. “It was an innocent and silly stunt and highly unrehearsed,” she writes. “I was hoping Carson Day would play off of me, riff, and involve the audience … But he didn’t play along … It seemed like a good idea at the time. Any idea was good at that time. I was like a stand-up comic who bombed a set.”
Judas Priest’s Rob Halford on public-sex arrest: ‘I’ve f–ked up!’
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford once took a law-breaking walk on the wild side that could have ended his career.
The gay, leather-loving singer reveals in his “totally candid” memoir — “Confess: The Autobiography,” out Tuesday — that California cops covered up for his long-ago arrest for “public indecency” at a Venice Beach restroom.
In a book excerpt from Rolling Stone, the heavy-metal legend also relates a tasty affair from the early 1990s, when a then-closeted Halford would head to Camp Pendleton in California for threeways with a bisexual Marine sergeant and his wife — the only woman Halford says he has ever had sex with.
“Once the door was shut, we would go at it for hours,” Halford, now 69, writes of their hookups in his new torrid tome. “I’d leave there more exhausted than if I’d been for a gym workout.” He adds that he was “far more interested” in the man and that his “heart wasn’t in it” as far as having sex with the wife, although she was “a lovely, beautiful woman, with a perfect body.”
But the self-proclaimed “metal god” also got his kicks in other more lurid places. Halford recalls taking a mountain-bike ride in early 1992 — not long before he first left the band — and swinging by “a notorious men’s washroom” in Venice Beach, where he “decided to stop off and try my luck.”
His “luck” quickly ran out: After fondling himself in an open restroom stall, Halford was arrested by an undercover cop.
“Oh, f–k! A million thoughts raced through my mind,” he writes of getting caught. “This is it! I’ve f–ked up! It’s going to be in the papers! I’ve lost everything! And yet, at the same time, I felt oddly calm.”
A handcuffed Halford was taken to a police station and, while there, an officer recognized him.
“I thought it was you,” the cop told him, and then asked, “What the hell are you doing here, Rob Halford?”
“I’m a f–king idiot,” Halford replied. The officer said he would see what he could do about the situation. While waiting, Halford writes, other officers “flashed devil horns” at him through his cell window — a recognition of his Judas Priest stature — and he “did the same back, and stuck my tongue out. It passed the time.”
Halford was eventually released and the first officer who recognized him said they would keep the incident from the press. “I had been lucky. Again,” Halford writes.
“How did I feel? Stupid, and ashamed, but also angry — that, this late in the century, gay men still had to live in fear like this,” continues Halford, who publicly came out on MTV in 1998 and reunited with the band in 2003.
“I always call this  arrest my ‘George Michael moment,’ after he did the same thing in Beverly Hills six years later,” he says, referring to the late Wham singer’s 1998 arrest for a lewd act in a park. “The only difference was that George wasn’t so lucky with the newspapers.”
He does, however, say he thinks Judas Priest fans might have gotten past his faux pas had it come to light at the time.
“I’d like to think for the most part if that incident had broken into the press then a great proportion of my fans would have said: ‘We’ll support you and stand with you,’” he recently told NME. “A few years later, when I came out on MTV, that was a proven fact because the feedback from around the world was positive — they just wanted me to continue being the singer for Judas Priest and get on with the job.”
In the memoir, Halford also talks about the sexual abuse he faced when he was younger by a friend of his father.
“At the time, it was terribly confusing and couldn’t have happened at a worse time, for me as a young guy that was already dealing with trying to figure things out,” he told Variety in an interview last week. “Talking about it now, I can feel the horror and being totally frightened and wanting to run away, but at the same time feeling, ‘Now this is affection, in a very crude brutal manner.’ It was incredibly, incredibly complex. You can only imagine for a young man, dealing with that type of assault. “
Ryan Dorsey moves in with Naya Rivera’s sister to help raise Josey
Naya Rivera’s ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, and her sister Nickayla have become quite close following the “Glee” star’s drowning in July.
Dorsey, 37, has moved in with model Nickayla, 25, as the pair care for Rivera’s son, Josey, 5, who was with the actress the day she drowned in California’s Lake Piru, according to the Daily Mail.
The two have moved into a three-bedroom rental, a process that began when Nickayla was seen helping Ryan move his belongings from his previous home in North Hills, in the San Fernando Valley, on Sept. 6.
“They were fooling around and chatting the whole time,” a witness to the pair’s subsequent trip to a Target told the Mail. “They’re obviously helping lift each other’s spirits.”
Dorsey and Nickayla are reportedly sharing the responsibility of raising Josey with Dorsey’s parents. Naya and fellow actor Dorsey (“Stumptown,” “Ray Donovan”) rekindled a previous relationship after the actress’ split from rapper Big Sean in 2014; they were married in July 2014 and Josey was born on Sept. 17, 2015.
Rivera initially sought to split from Dorsey in 2016, though the two reconciled. They eventually separated for good in 2018.
“There’s not enough words to express the hole left in everyone’s hearts,” Dorsey wrote in an Instagram tribute to Rivera after her death. “Life is all about good times and bad times but with Josey it makes the bad a little less so because a part of you will always be with us. He’ll never forget where he came from. We miss you. We will always love you.”
Rivera took Josey on a swimming trip to Lake Piru in Southern California on July 8. Though a good swimmer, Rivera suffered from vertigo, which intensified when she was in the water, according to the most recent autopsy and investigation details. Piru is known for its strong currents and deep waters; eight people have drowned there since 1994.
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