Holly Madison: ‘Playboy’ Editor No More

Celebuzz / February 5, 2009

Holly Madison has given up her job as “Playmate Editor” at Playboy magazine to be closer to her boyfriend, illusionist Criss Angel, in Las Vegas.

Madison used her Celebrity MySpace blog to explain why she quit and what her future plans are.

“One: I moved to Vegas, and that job doesn’t pay enough to make a commute worthwhile,” she writes. (Angel, known for his TV series Mindfreak, performs his show five nights a week at the Luxor Hotel in Vegas.)

But Madison, who was one of the three original Girls Next Door, also abandoned the publilshing gig partly due to her former boyfriend, 82-year-old Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. It seems she found the workplace environment a tad uncomfortable after the two split up in October. 

“It was awkward. Not that anyone tried to make it awkward or didn’t treat me fairly…it just was,” Madison admits.

Holly’s fellow Girls have also moved on. Bridget Marquardt is working on a travel show, Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches, for the Travel Channel, and Kendra Wilkinson is shooting a new E! reality show with her fiancé, NFL player Hank Baskett.

Of course, Hef seems to have his hands full these days too; his latest Girls Next Door22-year-old psychology student Crystal Harris and twin medicinal marijuana procurers Karissa and Kristina Shannon, 19, seem to keep him pretty busy.