Hugh Hefner Was Mad Holly Madison Cut Her Hair – but Played Cards Two Hours Later and Forgot About It, Friend Recalls (Exclusive)

Hugh Hefner’s friend, producer/director Jonathan Baker was there when girlfriend Holly Madison returned to the Playboy mansion with a new haircut that Hefner hated.

Madison said Hefner was furious, telling her the cut made her look “old” and cheap.” And while Baker agreed with Madison’s account of Hefner’s reaction, which she described in the A&E documentary Secrets of Playboy, he said producers left out a key element of the story.

Jonathan Baker played cards with Hugh Hefner after he got mad at Holly Madison

Baker said he was present when Madison returned with a shorter haircut. “She went out, she cut her hair. She didn’t tell her boyfriend or husband. He came home. He was pissed off,” Baker told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “Literally, I was there. [He said] like what the f*** did you do?”

Playboy bunny Sheila Levell, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and Playboy bunny Holly Madison performed a scene during the filming of a commercial for "X Games IX" at the Playboy Mansion
Sheila Levell, Hugh Hefner and Holly Madison|Robert Mora/Getty Images

Madison alleged that Hefner screamed at her and said the haircut “made me look old, hard and cheap.” Baker said Hefner may have said those things.

“Did he call her old? He might have said that, but not in public,” Baker said. “And you know, he was pissed. I always give the analogy if I came home to my wife and had shaved my head bald and I said ‘Hi honey, how do you like my new look?’ You know, what would she say? She’d be speechless.”

“Anyway, he was speechless,” Baker recalled. “He was pissed. And guess what? I played cards with him two hours later and he forgot about it. They forgot to put that in there.”

Holly Madison made $11 million off of Playboy, Jonathan Baker says

Baker said he was often at the Playboy mansion when Madison became one of Hefner’s girlfriends. “Well, I mean, I was there when Holly was there. I was there when she showed up, She worked very hard. Remember there were seven girls. She was at the end. She worked her way up to number one,” he recalled.

Baker said Madison worked hard to become Hefner’s number one. And she made bank too. “She made $11 million dollars off a Playboy. Eleven million dollars. How dare she talk like this! She was a kid. [But] yes, she grew up. Yes, she wanted things. Yes, he wouldn’t give her the baby. And yes, she left.”

“But he gave her two shows, gave her the power to be a Playboy director of the Playmates at one point. She did a great job. I like Holly. I thought Holly was a keeper. She wasn’t the prettiest of them all. But she was definitely present and she did great things for the mansion. I thought she cleaned it up. She made everything that was ugly, fun again. She had some style, you know?”

Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend said he spoke abrasively to Holly Madison

In the documentary, Hefner’s former girlfriend Bridget Marquardt said the rules seemed to be different for Madison. “Hef would be pretty abrasive in the way he said things to Holly,” she remarked.

“She came down with red lipstick one night and he flipped out and said he hated red lipstick on girls, [telling her], ‘You need to take it off right way,’ even though other people could wear red lipstick and it didn’t seem to bother him. It was very frustrating to live with every day, all of the drama that was going on and the tensions. I could definitely see that she was getting depressed and sad, and her demeanor was starting to change.”

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