In a sneak preview for A&E's upcoming docuseries Secrets of Playboy, Holly Madison shines some light on life in the mansion, claiming she and some of the other bunnies felt they were being "gaslit" and "isolated" from the outside world.
Madison shares with viewers what it was really like to live in the renowned manor alongside the late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. She eluded to the point that everything wasn’t what it seemed from the outside looking in.
Holly explains in the snippet,
"The reason I think the mansion was very cult-like looking back on it is because we were all kind of gaslit and expected to think of Hef as like this really good guy, and you started to feel like, 'Oh, he's not what they say in the media, he's just a nice man.”
There was always someone in the mansion, but Madison claims she often felt alone. She said,
"Another thing that reminds me of a cult is how easy it is to get so isolated from the outside world there, you had a 9 o'clock curfew. You were encouraged to not have friends over. You weren't really allowed to leave unless it was like a family holiday."
Madison claimed that she originally wanted to keep her waitressing job so that if her Playboy career didn't work out, she’d have "something easy to go back to". Even though she only worked on one day a week, Madison explained,
“Hugh said it made him jealous, and he would appreciate it if I would quit my job. So instead, we were given $1,000 a week as an allowance."
Playboy released a previous statement,
"After nearly 70 years in business, there are many elements of Playboy's long history of which we are immensely proud, and there are elements we find unworthy of our principles. Today, we strive to live up to the positive aspects of our legacy, and are proud of the work we have done in recent years to stand for freedom and equality while advancing our mission of pleasure for all. The Hefner family is no longer associated with Playboy."
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The experiment that began in 1990s Los Angeles is now a riveting docuseries.
Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy will tell the story of Guy Torry, who fought to start an all-Black comedy night at a club called The Comedy Store. The venue and event helped jumpstart the careers of several prominent, Black comedians.
“I can’t wait for the world to experience the story of Phat Tuesdays. It was more than a night of laughter—it was a movement. Phat Tuesdays was Black, bold, and brilliant. It was the best damn comedy show, period," Torry said.
Following the 1992 Rodney King riots, Phat Tuesdays was created to help performers and create a stronger sense of community. People from all walks of life were united under one shared interested -- comedy.
Director Reginald Hudlin shared his excitement for the project.
“Phat Tuesdays tells that story and much more. It’s the funniest people on Earth explaining comedy from every perspective as an art form, as a business and as a force for social change," Hudlin said.
The series will reportedly feature interviews and performances from several famous comics including Anthony Anderson, Nick Cannon, Dave Chappelle, Snoop Dogg, Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish, Steve Harvey and more. It will also feature never before seen footage of live performances from decades ago.
Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon Studios, celebrated the series launch.
“We are proud to celebrate the legacy of Phat Tuesdays and shine the spotlight on Guy Torry for his trailblazing efforts to give Black comedians their turn on stage in ‘90s Hollywood. The stories and first-person accounts that Reggie Hudlin and Guy help showcase in this docuseries are not only hilarious and entertaining, but powerful as well, and celebrate how the Black community came together to evolve comedy and entertainment.”
Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy will premiere exclusively on Prime Video Friday, February 4th. Check out the trailer below!
After nearly two years on hiatus, rock legend Elton John has returned to the stage for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally postponed in March 2020, John's tour came to a halt after over a year on the road. After being rescheduled, it was once again pushed back in September 2021, so the singer could undergo hip surgery. Finally, the 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' Tour has resumed in New Orleans to a sold out crowd.
As Elton told the audience,
“You have been holding on to these tickets for 745 days."
While he's ecstatic to be back, this tour was always meant to be his last. John still has a year of shows left, before a final send off in Sweden in 2023. He says on the subject,
“I want to do something different with the rest of my life. But first I want to finish [the tour] in the best way possible. In the most triumphant way possible. [...] I've been touring since I was 17, in the back of a van. I’ve had the most incredible life. I’ve been so lucky and I’ve loved every single minute of it, but I’ve had enough of that applause.”
As he approaches fifty years on the charts with new singles featuring Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa, the icon has certainly left his mark. The musician says he wishes to spend the rest of his days not focused on his career, but on his family.