Published On: Thu, Apr 29th, 2021

Holly Madison calls out Hugh Hefner for his ‘verbally abusive’ behavior on The Girls Next Door

Holly Madison called out the late Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner on Wednesday for what she described as his ‘verbally abusive’ behavior during her stint with him on her reality series The Girls Next Door.

The reality star and former Playboy Bunny lambasted Hefner, who died in 2017, for his alleged attempts to create tensions among the women in the Playboy mansion and on the series.

Madison, 41, also claimed that that much of what was seen on screen was a fabrication, as The Girls Next Door producers forced her to recite lines they wrote. 

Bad times: Holly Madison, 41, called out her late partner Hugh Hefner, who died in 2017, for his verbally abusive behavior on The Girls Next Door in a YouTube video from Wednesday

‘I wouldn’t say I enjoyed doing the show until Season 3,’ the model admitted, adding that she would spend much of her time early on during filming hiding in Hefner’s room, as he wouldn’t be disturbed by camera crews when he was having private time.

But even though he could be an escape from the cameras, he allegedly made the mansion a chaotic living space through his manipulations.

‘Even before the show was there,’ she continued, ‘he would very much create double standards and different rules for the girls and it was deigned so he could have a big ego and he could feel fought over … it was really gross, in my opinion.’

She added that she was ‘a little sad’ when The Girls Next Door ended in 2010, but she was ready to be done with Hefner, especially once her costars Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt left.

Conflict: 'Even before the show was there, he would very much create double standards and different rules for the girls and it was deigned so he could have a big ego and he could feel fought over'; seen with Hefner in 2002 in Beverly Hills

Conflict: ‘Even before the show was there, he would very much create double standards and different rules for the girls and it was deigned so he could have a big ego and he could feel fought over’; seen with Hefner in 2002 in Beverly Hills

Downhill: 'At that point in my relationship with Hef, things had gotten so bad, he became over the top verbally abusive overnight and I just was panicking,' she remembered

Downhill: ‘At that point in my relationship with Hef, things had gotten so bad, he became over the top verbally abusive overnight and I just was panicking,’ she remembered

‘At that point in my relationship with Hef, things had gotten so bad, he became over the top verbally abusive overnight and I just was panicking,’ she remembered.

‘Where you are the only one and you’re dealing with that other one person one on one, you start to see their true character. I panicked, I was like I don’t care what I’m giving up, I have to get out of here. I was a little sad the fun times were leaving, but not to the point I stopped to rethink my decision.’

Back in 2015, Hefner responded to Madison’s allegations about his behavior in her 2015 memoir Down The Rabbit Hole to Us Weekly.

‘Over the course of my life I’ve had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women,’ he said. ‘Many moved on to live happy, healthy, and productive lives, and I’m pleased to say remain dear friends today. Sadly, there are a few who have chosen to rewrite history in an attempt to stay in the spotlight. I guess, as the old saying goes: You can’t win ’em all!’

Revealed: 'Where you are the only one and you're dealing with that other one person one on one, you start to see their true character'; seen together in 2007 in LA

Revealed: ‘Where you are the only one and you’re dealing with that other one person one on one, you start to see their true character’; seen together in 2007 in LA

Denial: Hefner denied her complaints about him in her 2015 memoir Down The Rabbit Hole to Us Weekly at the time; Madison seen in 2015 in Las Vegas

Denial: Hefner denied her complaints about him in her 2015 memoir Down The Rabbit Hole to Us Weekly at the time; Madison seen in 2015 in Las Vegas

Although she like some of the more fun moments from the mansion, the early years in particular were difficult for her. 

‘I know I’ve talked a lot about things at the mansion not being so great, but I was there for 7 years total and for the first 3.5 years, things were really, really miserable,’ she said. ‘If cameras would have been around the first year I lived there, it would have been crazy. It would have been like a dark, depressing documentary.’

Even after she was comfortable in the mansion, she claims producers created a false impression of her life by forcing her to say lines of their devising on the series.

‘I don’t want to say it because I don’t feel that way,’ she remembered telling a producer. ‘I think it was something where they were trying to make me look jealous of someone else, another girl or something and I don’t care, I don’t feel that way. They’re like, “Yes holly, yes you do, you do feel that way.” Who are you to try and brainwash me, gaslight me and say I do feel that when I don’t?’

They made it up: She claims producers created a false impression of her life by forcing her to say lines of their devising on the series; pictured in 2018 in La Quinta, Calif.

They made it up: She claims producers created a false impression of her life by forcing her to say lines of their devising on the series; pictured in 2018 in La Quinta, Calif.

In addition to being forced to cater to made-up storylines, she said the stars were ‘treated like children’ and were pressured into signing unfavorable contracts without having time for a lawyer to look them over. 

‘We just didn’t have any say or couldn’t negotiate those at all,’ she said, adding that none of the women featured on The Girls Next Door receive residuals from the show.

‘Nobody was looking out for us as far as residuals and of course that was never built into our deals. Just the way we were treated and how we weren’t allowed to have lawyers or agents look at our contracts, that would never fly today,’ she said.

Madison further felt tricked by Hefner and the producers after learning that the show would feature the women in the nude, which hadn’t been previously disclosed. 

After starting her relationship with Hefner in 2001, Madison and he broke up in 2008, and she ended her time on The Girls Next Door later in 2009. 

Bad deal: Madison added that the women were forced to sign contracts that denied them residuals without lawyers being present, and Hefner and producers didn't tell her nudity would be involved; seen in 2007 with Hefner, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt

Bad deal: Madison added that the women were forced to sign contracts that denied them residuals without lawyers being present, and Hefner and producers didn’t tell her nudity would be involved; seen in 2007 with Hefner, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt

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