The Girls Next Door: Where Are They Now?

See where the stars of The Girls Next Door are over a decade after the series wrapped up on E!.

By Kelsey Klemme Jun 12, 2021 7:00 AMTags
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Grab your bunny tail, because we're taking a trip down memory lane and back into the Playboy Mansion.

It's hard to believe that it's been over ten years since E!'s The Girls Next Door ended its six-season run and all the fun that came with it. After all, the iconic E! show brought us behind the scenes into the luxurious lifestyles of Hugh Hefner's then-girlfriends Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, as well as the final season when Crystal Harris, Karissa Shannon and Kristina Shannon joined the house.

Since Hefner's passing, the Playboy brand has seen major shifts, but we are taking the day to celebrate the former glory days when the girls were partying in Vegas or celebrating another Midsummer Night's Dream party, a former must-attend event in Hollywood.

So, in honor of Kendra's 36th birthday June 12, we're taking a look back at the cast then and what they are up to now—including the drama that still follows them today.


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Take a look below:

Kendra Wilkinson

Kendra Wilkinson starred as one of Hugh Hefner's three girlfriends when the show premiered in 2005. Fans were so invested in Wilkinson that she got her own spin-off show, Kendra, on E! after leaving the series in 2009.

After Kendra wrapped, Wilkinson landed another reality show on WE tv called Kendra On Top, which followed her journey as a mother of two and her marriage to her now ex-husband, Hank Baskett. Wilkinson also competed on a season of Dancing with the Stars in 2011.

Bridget Marquardt

We loved watching con the E! series, from her investigating the mansion's possible haunted past to planning Hef's birthday, and the model went on to great success after the show. She landed her own show called Bridget's Sexiest Beaches for the Travel Channel as well as nabbed in cameo roles on shows and movies like Entourage, House Bunny and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Now, Marquardt's interest in the paranormal has come full circle, as she now has a podcast called "Ghost Magnet" that interviews celebs who have experiences with the unexplainable. She also has found love with her long-time partner, Nicholas Carpenter.

Holly Madison

Holly Madison had a successful career after her tenure at the Playboy Mansion, including competing on Dancing with the Stars before getting her own show Holly's World that centered around her career in Las Vegas, including her residency of the Peepshow burlesque show.

In 2015, she wrote her memoir about her time in the Playboy Mansion titled Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, following it up with a second memoir about her time in Vegas the next year. She also became an advocate for PETA and has two children with her now ex-husband Pasquale Rotella. 

Earlier this year, she opened up about her complicated relationship with her co-stars. "Bridget and I have always been close," she revealed on the Call Her Daddy podcast. "We've always been friends since day one. She is [the sweetest]." When asked if she has a relationship with Kendra, Holly replied, "No."

Indeed, she alleged that Kendra wasn't always honest about her relationship with Hef before moving into the mansion. "I had to sleep with him first," Holly alleged. "I'm not trying to slut shame anybody or anything but nobody ever got asked to move in unless they had slept with him."

Crystal Harris

While all of the ladies of The Girls Next Door had a special place in Hefner's heart, Crystal Harris famously got married to the Playboy magazine mogul in 2012.

The model, who was with Hefner until his death in 2017, now advocates for awareness around Lyme disease after announcing her diagnosis with the illness in 2016.

After Holly spoke out about her relationship with her co-stars, Crystal was quick to pick a side. "I was at the mansion for a DECADE almost four years ago now and these ladies and their drama were there years before that," she wrote on her MeWe account in April. "So much time has passed. I side with Kendra here."

"Not sure why these women who shared an incredibly uncommon and rare experience (that will never be repeated in our lifetimes) can't get along?" she continued. "Maybe for the same reasons Holly and Bridget despise me for absolutely NO reason. I hope one day we can all get along and compare experiences."

Kristina and Karissa Shannon

After the first generation of The Girls Next Door playmates left, twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon joined the Playboy Mansion in 2009 where we watched them celebrate their Playboy "summer issue" in Vegas, go backyard camping with Hef and even prepare for their small parts in Sofia Coppola's movie Somewhere.

After the show wrapped, the girls went on to join the ninth season of Celebrity Big Brother. The sisters also now co-own a salon, Glam Beverly Hills, in Los Angeles.

(Originally published June 17, 2020 at 9 a.m. PT)