Holly Madison Talks Beef With Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett: Is Friendship on the Table?

The two have exchanged harsh words about each other over the past year

By Corinne Heller May 11, 2016 7:02 PMTags
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Holly Madison is moving on amid her feud with fellow former Playboy Mansion roommate Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and has no interest in being her friend.

There is no love lost between the women, who, along with fellow Playboy Playmate Bridget Marquardt, were Hugh Hefner's live-in girlfriends at the Playboy Mansion and co-stars of the reality show The Girls Next Door from 2005 to 2009. They have exchanged harsh words via the press over the past year.

"I wish her the best, but I'm done with that portion of my life," Madison told People magazine in comments posted Wednesday. "I've moved on. I'm happier now." 

"I don't think there would be anything positive about us meeting up," she added, "It's not a real friendship and it's not part of my life anymore."

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In her 2015 book Down the Rabbit Hole, Madison detailed her life at the Playboy Mansion and said she and Wilkinson-Baskett did not get along. She said "Kendra had apparently given an interview to a tabloid explaining that she wasn't friends with either of us" and that she texted her to tell her "that she was a coward and that she tried to act like the 'real' girl on TV, but she's the fakest person I've ever met."

In 2012, Wilkinson-Baskett told CNN in an on-camera interview that she, Madison and Marquardt were in an "awkward" situation when they lived with Hefner because they all dated him at once, "so, it's not like it was a sorority house or like a sisterly bond...we were never even really friends to begin with, we all just kind of lived together and knew each other, so we're all in each other's lives."

Wilkinson-Baskett said Madison "acted like a First Lady" during their time the Playboy Mansion and "had this ulterior motive every minute being at the Mansion," adding that her ex-co-star wanted "revenge" because she did not get to marry Hefner or have his children. Madison was considered his main girlfriend at the time.

Wilkinson-Baskett told E! News she was initially "really pissed off" about what Madison wrote in her book but later stopped feeling mad. 

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"I don't know what she has against me, I think she's just still very much a part of the Playboy fold and she didn't experience exactly what I experienced when I was there," Madison told E! NewsKen Baker at the time, adding, "At the end of the day, I wish her the best."

Wilkinson-Baskett had also ranted about Madison's book on Kendra on Top, calling her a "bitch" and saying the two were never friends.

"At the end of the day, what we did was we just f--ked the same man," she said. "That's not friends...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."

She reiterated her comments on the Australian Kyle and Jackie O radio show in March, saying, "The worst thing is having to be fake friends for fame, for this industry and I hate that feeling. I'm not a fake person. I love real friends. I love real family. I love real. So the worst part, the worst thing is just being forced to be friends with somebody because of TV."

She also said Madison "made a lot of things about me up in her book."

Madison told People she had tried to work out a friendship with Wilkinson-Baskett off-camera "years ago," adding, "But I don't want to let myself and my friendship with someone be jerked around based on what's convenient for someone's reality show."

She also said that she and Marquardt have always been friends, adding, "There's a big difference between what's real and what's genuine versus someone who is like, 'I want to be in a feud with you this week because it's good for ratings.' I'm done playing those games."

Wilkinson-Baskett has not responded.

Both women have concentrated on their own family lives after The Girls Next Door. Wilkinson-Baskett has been married to Hank Baskett since 2009 and the two share two children, son Hank Jr., 6, and daughter Alijah, who will turn 2 next week. Madison wed Pasquale Rotella in 2013. They are parents to daughter Rainbow Aurora, 3, and are expecting a baby boy this summer.

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