Finlay met Exotic in 2003, not long after the former had graduated high school. They remained together 11 years before unofficially tying the knot in a 3-way relationship with Exotic’s other ex, Travis Maldonato. Finlay and Exotic split not long after when Finlay had an affair with a woman, whom became pregnant.
In an interview with Australian radio station KIIS FM, Finlay had some trouble discussing his relationship with Exotic.
“Let me warn you guys, it’s been a long time since we’ve interviewed someone that was hard work like this,” host Jackie O said of the interview. “Probably the hardest interview we’ve ever had to do … he wasn’t really understanding questions and not really wanting to answer questions that much.”
Throughout the interview, Finlay often silent before delivering a short answer.
“You’ve gone from being someone who no one would recognize on the street,” Jackie asked at one point, “now a lot of people would recognize you, yet you probably can’t walk the streets (because of COVID-19)?”
Finlay said nothing for several seconds, prompting Jackie’s co-host, Kyle Sandilands, to ask “You alright, John? Did she stump you? Too hard that question?”
Finlay paused again, before answering: “I couldn’t really understand the question.”
Over the course of the 12-minute interview, Finlay also referred to himself as straight, noting that he is now married to a woman, and fumbled questions about his sex life with Exotic and Maldonato, Exotic’s arch-rival Carole Baskin, and his own drug use.
The interview ended with the hosts bursting into laugher as they hung up with Finlay.
Tiger King streams on Netflix. Have a listen to a time-condensed version of the interview: