Blissful bunnies? Holly Madison dives into the darkness that has haunted Playboy — and its Playmates — for years in ID’s haunting new collection The Playboy Murders.
“There was one thing concerning the Playboy model that had a little bit bit extra of a mystique to it,” Madison, 42, says in Us Weekly’s unique first have a look at the present, which premieres in January.
The Down the Rabbit Gap creator, who dated Playboy founder Hugh Hefner from 2001 to 2008, wasn’t the one former Playmate who initially loved the perks that the got here with being on the Playboy Mansion. (Within the years since leaving the mansion, Madison has spoken at size concerning the trauma she endured throughout her time as a Playboy star.)
“It was a fantasy land,” one lady says within the trailer, whereas one other reveals, “We have been like rock stars.”
Nevertheless, the highs related to being a Playboy Bunny at one in all Hefner’s golf equipment or turning into Playmate of the Month didn’t come with out its prices.
“A lifetime of glamour … A world stuffed with secrets and techniques … A descent into darkness,” the clip teases, referring to the deaths, murders and extra scandals which have been linked to the Playboy model since its 1953 inception.
The Playboy Murders will discover a number of tragedies which have plagued the corporate, together with the 2009 homicide of Jasmine Fiore, who was discovered useless and dismembered in a dumpster following a Playboy celebration.
“These horrible issues may actually occur to anybody,” Madison, who serves as an government producer on the challenge, says within the video. “These have been actual individuals with actual households.”
The primary few episodes will element January 1991’s Playmate of the Month Stacy Arthur’s story of how a fan’s obsession led to her husband’s dying and in addition dive into former Playboy Bunny Carole Gold’s street to jail.
“While you pose nude lots of people suppose it grants some kind of possession to you,” the Holly’s World alum notes.
Madison beforehand spoke out about her personal detrimental experiences as a Playmate in her 2015 memoir, Down the Rabbit Gap: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. She alleged that Hefner, who died in September 2017 at age 91, supplied the Playboy Bunnies medicine and made them observe strict pointers within the mansion.
The Ladies Subsequent Door alum doubled down on her feedback throughout an April 2021 look on the “Name Her Daddy” podcast. “It’s a really cult-like ambiance anyway and also you’re manipulated to really feel that approach, however on prime of it, my very own disgrace stored me there too. I simply couldn’t actually think about a life exterior of there,” she stated.
Madison alleged that Hefner’s guidelines included a 9 p.m. curfew and having group intercourse with him twice per week. “Think about having intercourse with someone in a room full of girls who all hate you and they’re all speaking s—t about you,” she added. “Like, how horrible? It was gross.”
The collection “provides first-person perception far past the glamour of the journal into the darkish aspect of the long-lasting Bunny ears,” the community revealed in a December press launch.
The “vicious spiral” of many years of destruction and dying is only the start with regards to ID’s January lineup. The channel will even premiere Demise by Fame within the new yr, which is a six-part collection displaying the “rise, fall and homicide of a few of Hollywood’s most promising stars,” in response to the discharge.
“Beginning this January, ID is transferring proper into the middle of the popular culture dialog by unpacking how fascination with celeb can shortly twist into an obsession with devastating outcomes,” president of crime and investigative content material, linear and streaming, Jason Sarlanis, stated in a press release. “With two new gripping collection, we’ll discover among the most surprising crimes in popular culture historical past.”
Demise by Fame premieres on ID Monday, January 23, at 9 p.m. ET, adopted by The Playboy Murders at 10 p.m. ET. Each collection will stream the identical day on Discovery+.