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As the entertainment industry pays tribute to the man behind one of the most iconic magazines of all time, Ryan Tubridy has been quick to highlight the incongruity of Hugh Hefner's lifestyle in today's society.

Commenting on the passing of the 91-year-old Playboy publisher and reality TV star, Ryan mused over the life and times of Mr Hefner, and admitted that he struggled to understand his place.

"It does, particularly given the last five years and the way society has moved, he does seem to represent something from a past very, very far away now," Ryan asserted during his radio show yesterday.

"That whole smoking jacket and young women around him in this weird house. [We] will look back on it in years to come and say: 'It just was a very peculiar story."

Despite admitting he 'didn't like him at all', Ryan was keen not speak ill of his passing, adding: "Obviously rest in peace and all that, but wasn't one for me."

"I don't mean that in a prudish way by any means, it just feels like it is another day's work altogether," he clarified.

The 91-year-old, who began his publishing career in 1953, is understood to have passed away peacefully from natural causes.


The founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner, has died.

The 91-year-old, who began his publishing career in 1953, is understood to have passed away peacefully from natural causes.

Twitter has reacted to the news with tributes to the businessman and reality TV star in the wake of his sudden passing this week.

From Larry King to Kim Kardashian, Twitter is awash with messages remembering the man affectionately known as Hef.

Hugh is survived by his wife Crystal, four grown children, Christie, who served as CEO of Playboy Enterprise for more than 20 years, David, Marston and Cooper, who currently serves as Chief Creative Officer at the company.

Speaking of his father's impact on media, Cooper said: "My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom."

"He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history."

Hugh Hefner died at the Playboy Mansion surrounded by his loved ones.


Everyone and their granny knows the Playboy mansion and its reputation for throwing the most lavish and, erm, erotic parties in Hollywood.

But it seems that all of it might be coming to an end soon. TMZ has reported that Hugh Hefner is selling the Playboy Mansion, with an asking price of €200 million.

The 29-room home sits on nearly five acres of land across the hills of LA, and is going to be listed in the next month, sources say.

But, it doesn't mean it's the end. If Hugh decides to sell the house, it would be under a stipulation, meaning Hugh will be able to live in the house as a condition.

The house as first built in 1927 and the entrepreneur bought the house back in 1971 for only €1m.

The mansion has also appeared in numerous TV shows and movies including Entourage, The House Bunny and Sex and the City.


Kendra Wilkinson and other former girlfriends of Hugh Hefner have provided revealing insights into their lives at the Playboy Mansion.

While her old frenemy Holly literally wrote the book on what life was like at the mansion house when the cameras stopped rolling, Kendra has her own reality series.

Kendra On Top has had plenty of dramatic twists, but the next clip from the show is definitely going to raise some eyebrows.

While it is probably not a sentiment that every father would have, Kendra’s dad Eric has said he is utterly grateful to Hugh Hefner for taking Kendra into his home.

"When I wasn't there, he was the guy that was taking care of you," Eric says in an exclusive sneak peek at the latest Kendra on Top

"My dad missed a lot of things in my life like holidays, birthdays, my wedding, the birth of my kids," admitted Kendra, 30.

Last year’s episodes of her reality series saw her reconnect with her dad as her marriage to Hank Baskett was a “mess” at the time.

While her dad has said that he’s grateful that Kendra spent time with Hugh when he life was in turmoil, Kendra previously admitted it was not that glamorous:

"I was usually very drunk doing those evenings, I tended not to care about much until the next day. I had to be very drunk or smoke lots of weed to survive those nights," she told fellow campers during her I’m  A Celebrity stint.

"It was like a job. Clock in, clock out. It’s not like I enjoyed having sex with him," she added.


It seems that Playboy is finally buttoning up it's shirt. 

The magazine has been synonymous with the naked female form since it's beginning in 1953 but editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner has revealed in a statement that times are changing – and so is Playboy's wardrobe (or lack of it for that matter). 

Starting with the March 2016 issue, nude photographs of models will no longer exist in ANY issue. 

"Playboy will continue to publish sexy, seductive pictorials of the world's most beautiful women, including its iconic Playmates, all shot by some of today's most renowned photographers," the publication said in a statement. 

"The magazine will also remain committed to its award-winning mix of long-form journalism, interviews and fiction."

Playboy Enterprises CEO, Scott Flanders, spoke to The New York Times about how it makes sense to change at this time. 

"That battle has been fought and won. You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free and so it's just passé at this juncture."

The drastic change in the audience demands has not only taken a toll on the magazine's reputation but also on it's sales. 

In the Seventies, when Playboy was in the height of fame, the magazines circulation was in its millions, where as today it has dropped to only 800,000.

The issues have been credited with playing a major role in America's sexual revolution, with Hollywood's major celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Sharon Stone and Kim Kardashian all posing on the front cover through the years. 

And along with bringing in wardrobe, the magazine will also welcome a clean and modern new look.

"A little more accessible, a little more intimate," said Cory Jones, chief content officer of the magazine.

"Don't get me wrong," Cory said of the decision to go nudity-free. "12-year-old me is very disappointed in current me. But, it's the right thing to do."


Oh wow! Jay Z and Beyonce have just secured a €40m Holmby Hills home… and suffice to say it is SPECTACULAR!

Owned by an unnamed British billionaire – who only bought the place last year – the power-couple are forking out around €132,000 a month in rent for the abode, which sprawls over close-to 2,000sq metres.

It furthermore has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a library, a media room, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and spa and steam-room.

Outside, there are further guest and servant out-houses, an infinity pool complete with waterfall, and beautiful formal gardens. 

The Carters have, according to TMZ, signed a year-long lease. The website adds: “Jay Z and Beyonce are putting down stakes in LA, largely because they think it's a good place to raise Blue Ivy.”

As for neighbours – Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion and the Los Angeles Country Club are both in the locale, as is the home of talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Although they shouldn't have to rub shoulders with anyone: their new home is on more than a hectare of land.

Check out the property below:

















Well, Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett is definitely not buying Holly Madison's book. 

Months after the reality star released her memoir Down the Rabbit Hole, former co-star, Kendra, is making her voice heard about how the book is "absurd."

E! News got an exclusive sneak peak to Friday's Kendra On Top, and it sees Kendra meet up with a close friend.

The former bunny can't help but express her anger about the tell-all book. 

"She writes a book putting rumors out there about me all over the Internet and stuff. It's just absurd," Kendra explained.

"Seven years later and this bitch is talking about s**t that happened while I was f**king 18, 19 and 20."

When Kendra's friend starts to question Holly's motives, Kendra can't help but assume there is some serious tension and animosity coming for her.

"We were never friends. At the end of the day, what we did was we just f**ked the same man. That's not friends."

She continued, "Obviously, she's trying to get the public to think different of me, which I am who I am. I've never faked s**t a minute of my life."

Ouch, it's all getting heated now! Whatever the outcome of this, we're sure it'll be juicy!



Kendra Wilkinson has already weathered one round of sex tape drama, but now it looks like there's more scandal on the way.

The reality star's close friend Jessica Hall spilled details of an alleged 45-minute sex tape involving Kendra and another woman, filmed during her days as a playmate.

Speaking to The Sun, Jessica said that the tape had been made during Kendra's wild partying days. “She let loose, she had fun and she lived a life that she thought was every girl’s fantasy,” said Jessica. “I don’t remember a lot of things from back then.”

Four years ago, intimate footage emerged of Kendra with her former boyfriend Justin Frye, filmed back in 2005. 

"It just had to come out now when I finally cleaned up my life," she said at the time. "It's extremely embarrassing. I am a very open person, I am very honest about my life, but a sex tape was definitely not what I wanted in my life. It wasn't for anybody else's eyes to see except for ours."

During her time in the I'm A Celebrity jungle, Kendra has opened up about her years as one of Hugh Hefner's partners and how difficult they were. "I was usually very drunk doing those evenings, I tended not to care about much until the next day. I had to be very drunk or smoke lots of weed to survive those nights," she said to her fellow campers. 

"It was like a job. Clock in, clock out. It’s not like I enjoyed having sex with him," she added.

Despite Kendra's embarrassment when her sex tape with Justin was made public, Jessica says she doesn't believe the star will be bothered that details of this new tape have emerged. "Everybody has a past, and she didn’t choose to put these things out there,” Jessica said. “But she won’t care what people say, she’ll deal with it and move on.”

Hopefully things will have blown over by the time the star leaves the Australian jungle!



Margot Robbie has turned down Hugh Hefner’s offer of a Playboy shoot as she thinks her family have seen enough of her in the nude for now.

Talking to New Zealand radio station, The Edge, the up and coming actress said in relation to the offer: “I’ve put my family through enough”.

Following her breakthrough role as Naomi Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that the king of Playboy wants to get her in between his pages.

Speaking about Margot, Hef said: “She should be in Playboy! Send her a message! We’re ready for her. She would be great”.


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