- Rebecca Chaiklin and Eric Goode are co-directors of the show. Goode was previously involved in the exotic animals world, mainly in the realm of reptile dealers and smugglers. Together, they decided to focus filming in the US.
- "Joe and Carole were easy access. Joe wanted any attention, all attention. He was an open book, and Carole obviously wanted to get her message out. But people like Doc Antle and Mario Tabraue and Jeff Lowe and Tim Stark and others were very guarded."
- Neither expected all the crazy twists of the story. They didn't want the docuseries to be depressing and wanted to look at the psychology of the people involved with big cats.
- Goode makes the difference between animal welfare, animal conservation, and animal rights activists: "Carole is very clearly an animal rights and animal welfare activist. She does very little in the way of conservation (...) And I’ve always posed one question to Carole, a controversial question, which is, if you really want to stop the ownership of big cats in America, why don’t you do what the humane society does? Why don’t you mainly euthanize these animals? Or I should say this: Is it better to keep a tiger in captivity for 20 years pacing and suffering in a cage when you know that a tiger needs hundreds of miles of habitat to roam, or is it more humane to put that animal out of its misery?"
- In 2017, they bought Joe's life rights for the documentary.
- Joe wants Brad Pitt or David Spade to play him in a scripted TV show. He also refers to David Spade as "Joe Dirt"
- Chaiklin denies giving Carole the villain edit: "I’m a feminist. I would never do that to a woman. I think what we did was we allowed people to speak for themselves and unfortunately the court of public opinion is not always kind."
- On Joe and the N-word: "Joe is a racist, I would say categorically. He said things when we were filming that were very unsettling."