Holly Madison has been reflecting on the years she spent with Hugh Hefner.
The previous Playboy Bunny spoke out on A&E’s 10-part docuseries titled “Secrets of Playboy.” It options new interviews with quite a few members of the Playboy founder’s workers and inside circle, in addition to previous girlfriends.
The 42-year-old dated the journal writer from 2001 to 2008 and was seen as his No.1 girlfriend at one level.
Most just lately, the star appeared on the conversational collection “Between Two Salads” the place she described the “really strange” expertise filming “The Girls Next Door,” the E! actuality collection that went contained in the Playboy Mansion.
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“It was really strange and probably not what it would be for anybody else, because I had no control over the situation,” Madison defined. “And I was already living in this situation that was very cult-like.”
“It’s kind of turned into this miserable experience but an experience I felt like I was kind of stuck in,” she shared. “I was like, ‘I cannot leave until I build a life for myself outside, ‘cause I’d seen so many women leave and kind of go into these dark places.'”
Madison mentioned she was “scared to leave” the mansion. And regardless of the present’s recognition, Madison claimed they weren’t correctly compensated.
“They didn’t pay us for the first half of the season,” she alleged. “They simply thought we might simply do it without spending a dime as a result of we had been there. They actually handled us like kids. Like we had been simply Hef’s children, and we had been anticipated to work ‘cause we were family or something like that.”
Madison additionally described how she was envious of the Kardashians, who depicted their household of their hit actuality collection for a similar community. That present aired from 2006 till 2021. “The Girls Next Door” aired from 2005 till 2009.
“That’s one thing I really envy about the Kardashians,” mentioned Madison. “They get to experience [reality TV] with their family. I got to experience it with one best friend, which was cool, one person I had a lot of tension with, and a dude who didn’t treat me very good.”
Madison additionally went on to explain Hefner’s desire for younger Playmates.
“At the Playboy Mansion, I used to see all the memos come in when they would review the candidates for Playmates, and they would always say, ‘She’s 28,’ if they thought somebody was [too old],” she alleged.
“Like, 28 was the death mark,” Madison continued. “Every once in a while they would have a Playmate who was older than that, but it was pretty rare. And if somebody was 28 they would always note that. I wonder how much even that affected me, spending my early 20s hearing, ‘Your kind of done by 28.’”
Bridget Marquardt, one in every of Hefner’s ex-girlfriends who additionally starred on “The Girls Next Door,” has corroborated some claims made by Madison in “Secrets of Playboy.” Their co-star Kendra Wilkinson was noticeably absent from the docuseries. A spokesperson for the 36-year-old informed Every day Publish she would not be commenting. It is famous that Wilkinson has stood by Hefner and even clashed publicly with Madison.
In response to the docuseries, a spokesperson for Playboy issued an announcement to Every day Publish.
“Today’s Playboy is not Hugh Hefner’s Playboy,” the assertion started. “We trust and validate these women and their stories and we strongly support those individuals who have come forward to share their experiences. As a brand with sex positivity at its core, we believe safety, security, and accountability are paramount.”
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“The most important thing we can do right now is actively listen and learn from their experiences,” it continued. “We will never be afraid to confront the parts of our legacy as a company that do not reflect our values today.”
“As an organization with a more than 80% female workforce, we are committed to our ongoing evolution as a company and to driving positive change for our communities,” the assertion concluded.
Hefner’s son Cooper additionally took to Twitter to defend his late father.
“Some may not approve of the life my Dad chose, but my father was not a liar,” the 30-year-old tweeted. “However unconventional, he was sincere in his approach and lived honestly. He was generous in nature and cared deeply for people. These salacious stories are a case study of regret becoming revenge.”
Hefner handed away in 2017 at age 91.