John Finlay got a major makeover after "Tiger King" aired.
photo: Netflix

The hype for Tiger King isn't going anywhere. 

The series dropped a surprise reunion episode hosted by Joel McHale, a fellow Tiger King superfan. The episode checked in with some of the key players from the docuseries, like Jeff and Lauren Lowe, Josh Dial, Eric Cowie, Saff Saffery, and John Finlay. 

John Finlay was Joe Exotic's ex-husband, a third of the bizarre throuple between Joe Exotic, Finlay, and Travis Maldonado. In the series, Finlay was shirtless, missing a few teeth, and heavily tatted, but in the reunion episode, he was looking totally cleaned up.

John Finlay totally had a glow up. 


People were freaking out on Twitter over Finlay's total transformation. One person tweeted, "John Finlay has had the biggest glow up in history!" Namely, Finlay has a fresh set of teeth.

Not only does he have new teeth but also had Warby Parker glasses and AirPods.

Separating from Joe Exotic seemed to have done Finlay good. Someone else wrote, "john finlay got him some teeth, airpods and a pair of w*rby parkers y’all better catch up!!!" Finlay was looking like a totally different man in the episode.

He looked totally different, but apparently his personality has been the same.

"There is no way both of these pics are of John Finlay," a fan of the show tweeted. Finlay said he was disappointed with his portrayal on the show in the reunion episode. "I was portrayed as a drugged out hillbilly, and that was not me then. At that time I was four-to-five years clean. When my daughter was born, I decided to never touch another drug again," Finlay said in the episode. He also shared that his daughter is now four years old.

He also revealed why he was shirtless for the entire documentary.

"I had tattoos, why not show them off. I mean, it was a little cold, but it was fun," Finlay said. A huge question fans had was why they had Finlay answer questions shirtless for the entire series. I guess it was just for fun.

The reunion episode answers a few popular questions.

There were some bizarre moments in the documentary, for sure, and the episode cleared up a few things. "The Tiger King and I — a Tiger King after show hosted by Joel McHale and featuring brand new interviews with John Reinke, Joshua Dial, John Finlay, Saff, Erik Cowie, Rick Kirkman, and Jeff and Lauren Lowe — will premiere April 12," Netflix tweeted.

Congrats, John Finlay, we hope you're doing better.

Finlay was one of the few relatively unproblematic characters in the wild docuseries filled with criminals and greedy exotic cat owners. His marriage to Joe Exotic was fueled by drug addiction, but he was able to get himself clean and now he's remarried with a daughter. 

"Now THAT is a GLOW UP good for you John Finlay #TigerKing," someone wrote.

Some people don't like his goatee, but Joel McHale called him a "mythical cowboy."

"John Finlay looks absolutely ridiculous with that goatee," someone else tweeted. Finlay was also disappointed by people "dissing" his tattoo artist, because the documentary showed his tattoo coverup unfinished.