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Former Playboy bunnies reveal how much they got paid for E! reality show

Lucy Devine

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Former Playboy bunnies reveal how much they got paid for E! reality show

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Former Playboy bunnies Holly Maddison and Bridget Marquardt have revealed what they got paid for E! reality show, The Girls Next Door.

The reality show, which began in 2005, focused on the lives of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends who lived with him at the Playboy Mansion - Holly, Bridget and Kendra Wilkinson.

The reality show focused on the lives of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends. Credit: Shutterstock
The reality show focused on the lives of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends. Credit: Shutterstock

Sitting down for a joint interview on the Juicy Scoop With Heather McDonald podcast this week, both Holly and Bridget have now opened up about some of the aspects of the show, with Bridget explaining that rewatching the series recently had been 'traumatising' and left her 'sick to her stomach'.

The women also opened up on what they actually got paid for the reality series, which ran for six seasons.

“They didn't pay us for the first season... When they ordered more episodes, they finally paid us,” Holly claimed, with Bridget also adding it was “very little” money in the beginning of the show.

“I just wanted what was fair, like, a couple thousand bucks an episode or something. Just the fact that they didn't want to pay us anything and just expected us to do as the ‘main characters’ of the show. [We] just [signed] a release, no contracts.”

Holly and Bridget have now opened up about some of the aspects of the show. Credit: Shutterstock
Holly and Bridget have now opened up about some of the aspects of the show. Credit: Shutterstock

Bridget and Holly spoke about the editing of the show, something they struggle to revisit now.

“Holly warned me that the first three episodes were really hard to watch. And when she said that, I thought she just meant, like, kind of just getting used to watching them again and once you get past three episodes, you’re good,” said Bridget.

“I just watched them not last night, but the night before. And I’m still traumatized. I’m sick to my stomach. I can’t sleep, I’ve been crying.”

Meanwhile, Holly added: “They make it look like Bridget is, like, plying all the new playmates with drinks to mess them up for their shoot the next day because she’s jealous.

"Which isn’t what she said at all, but they cut and paste it. So it looks like she’s literally trying to, like, shove shots in everybody’s face because she wants to sabotage. And I think that’s messed up and borderline illegal.”

Bridget and Holly also spoke about the editing of the show. Credit: Shutterstock
Bridget and Holly also spoke about the editing of the show. Credit: Shutterstock

Discussing living in the Playboy mansion, Bridget opened up about her sex life with Hefner, alleging that she was pressured by other girls to sleep with him after the first night out.

“I was still just gonna watch and then and then she was like, ‘Aren't you gonna go?’ It's like, ‘You need to go.’ And I was like, ‘I would rather not.’ And she's like, ’Well, then probably won't be invited back.’ So then I was like, ‘OK,’” she said.

“And I'd seen what everybody else was doing, so I knew that this was, like, a 10 second thing. I mean, definitely no more than a minute.”

Tyla has contacted E! for comment.

Topics: TV And Film, Entertainment

Lucy Devine
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