The Girls Next Door, a reality lifestyle show from the mid-aughts about the magical lives of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends, was a fun and frothy look at the existential heights Playboy Bunnies can reach. But where are the women of
Filled to the bubbly brim with cute puppies, seminude volleyball games, and unintentional humor,
Even though the show ended in 2009, the stars have all remained in the public eye – especially Kendra Wilkinson, whose fame has arguably transcended the show’s. If you’re unsure what happened to the other five stars, you’ll enjoy this list.
Holly Madison, Then
Madison modeled for Hawaiian Tropic and worked at Hooters before drawing the attention of the Playboy millionaire. It wasn’t long before the Astoria, Oregon, native moved into the Playboy Mansionand became one of Hefner’s girlfriends. By the time The Girls Next Door hit the air, Madison had already been living in the mansion for three years.
Holly Madison, Now
Madison has since come forward with severe criticisms of Hefner and the Playboy Mansion. In her 2015 memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, she claims Hefner gave her drugs that she describes as “thigh openers” and that he allegedly pitted his Bunnies against each other for sport.
“I learned Hef was the manipulator and that he pitted us against one another,” Madison wrote. “I realized I wasn’t treated well. I’m done being afraid of people. I don’t have any loyalty to Hef. I haven’t talked to him in four years, so there’s no reason to reach out now. Besides, it’s the truth.”
The reality TV star, who had her own E! series, Holly’s World, from 2009 to 2011, married Pasquale Rotella in 2013. They welcomed daughter Rainbow Aurora Rotella into the world earlier that year, and had a son, Forest Leonardo Antonio Rotella, in 2016. The couple announced an amicable separation in September 2018.
Bridget Marquardt, Then
Before attending college, Marquardt wrote a letter to the Playboy Mansion to ask how to become a Playmate. After graduating from Sacramento State, she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a model and actress. Many visits to the Playboy Mansion later, she was finally asked to live there when she was 29.
Bridget Marquardt, Now
After The Girls Next Door, Marquardt went on to host the TLC series Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches. According to IMDb, she produced a reality film, Just Add Bridget, in 2010. The movie followed Marquardt and then-boyfriend Nicholas Carpenter on their “daily adventures.” The couple got engaged in 2015. She makes aprons by hand and sells them on her Etsy page.
Kendra Wilkinson, Then
At the age of 18, Wilkinson met Hefner at his 78th birthday party. When she was asked to move in, Wilkinson jumped at the chance to move out of her “small-ass apartment” where she was living with an “ugly-ass b*tch.”
Kendra Wilkinson, Now
Kendra has easily been the busiest Bunny since the end of the show. She published a memoir, Sliding Into Home, in 2010. She’s starred in several reality TV programs, including Worst Cooks in America and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.
Kendra and her then-husband, former NFL player Hank Baskett, welcomed a son, Hank Randall Baskett IV, in December 2009 and a daughter, Alijah Mary Baskett, in May 2014. The couple divorced in 2018.
Karissa And Kristina Shannon, Then
Does anyone remember Karissa and Kristina Shannon? They’re virtually identical in terms of both looks and personality (they don’t even have separate Wikipedia pages), and they appeared only in the final season of The Girls Next Door.
Karissa and Kristina Shannon, Now
Crystal Harris, Then
Coming from a family of entertainers – her British parents were performers at an England-themed amusement park when she was born – Harris eventually found her own way into the entertainment industry. She was 22 when she met Hefner at a Halloween party at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. She subsequently appeared on the final season of The Girls Next Door.
Crystal Hefner, Now
Crystal went on to marry Hugh Hefner in 2012 and remained with him until his death in 2016. As a vocal artist, she released her debut single, “Club Queen,” in 2011. She’s also co-designed clothing lines.