Holly Madison claimed a producer “admitted” to staging drama between her and Kendra Wilkinson.
The actuality stars, together with Bridget Marquardt, appeared on the E! actuality TV collection the Girls Next Door for six seasons starting in 2005.
Years later, Madison, 42, and Wilkinson, 37, launched into their very own spin-offs, Holly’s World and Kendra respectively.
During an interview on Heather McDonald’s “Juicy Scoop” podcast on Tuesday, August 16, Madison alleged that producer Kevin Burns purposely pitted the ladies in opposition to one another.
“Things got weird with me and Kendra, and I felt like he was encouraging that,” the Oregon native instructed McDonald, 52, and Marquardt, 48, throughout their chat.
“He wanted us fighting, he wanted drama, he wanted me to come on her show and like brag about how much money I was making in Vegas so she’d get a little poke in the ass to take more jobs to make her show more interesting,” Madison stated. “That’s what he told me.”
Burns, who handed away in 2020, produced each E! spin-offs.
The mother of two—who shares children Rainbow Rotella, 9, and Forest Rotella, 6, with ex-husband Pasquale Rotella, 48—stated that the pair ultimately had a “falling out.”
“I was on the phone screaming with him, and he admitted to me that he wanted us to not get along because he thought it would be good publicity,” she added of Burns. “And I’m like, I don’t want any part of that bulls***, you know?”
At the time, Madison was pregnant and defined she did not “want to be stressed out” and “fighting with people for publicity.”
Madison and Wilkinson’s relationship had been rocky since they lived within the Playboy Mansion throughout their relationships with Hugh Hefner.
Madison started relationship Hefner in 2001 after she attended one of many mansion’s pool events. Meanwhile, Wilkinson labored on the Playboy Editor-in-Chief’s 78th party in 2004.
Although it is unclear what precisely occurred between the 2 actuality stars, Wilkinson divulged particulars about their bumpy friendship in 2015.
“At the end of the day, it’s a very awkward situation ’cause it’s not like we’re The Spice Girls,” the mother of two—who shares children Hank Basket IV, 12, and Alijah Baskett, 8, with ex-husband Hank Baskett—instructed Fox 5’s Good Day New York.
“We dated an 80-year-old man at the same time. It’s very awkward. She probably wants to distance herself from that situation. God bless her, she should. It’s embarrassing because I saw some things that she probably doesn’t want me to talk about.”
Madison and Marquardt had been bridesmaids at Wilkinson’s wedding ceremony to Baskett, and Marquardt stated on the podcast that she even “threw her a baby shower.”
During a 2012 interview with CNN, nevertheless, Wilkinson stated she was “never even really friends” with the duo. “We’re different.” Madison later fired again on the mannequin’s remarks, calling Wilkinson “the fakest person [she’d] ever met” in her 2015 guide, Down the Rabbit Hole.
“After that, I deleted her number from my phone,” she wrote. “Kendra and I haven’t spoken since, and I have to say, I don’t miss her.”
In an interview with Us Weekly, Kendra slammed the memoir, telling the outlet it is a “shame that someone can’t be appreciative of what something like that has given them.”
Newsweek reached out to Madison and Wilkinson for extra remark.