Is Playboy eyeing ‘hip’ Adam Levine to take over for Hugh Hefner?

Hugh Hefner

This Enquirer story is so out of left field that I had to discuss it. Everyone knows Hugh Hefner won’t let go of Playboy. He still surrounds himself with a horde of Bunnies, which just looks ridiculous when it comes to an 89-year-old man. The dude refuses to retire, even as subscriptions have flagged for decades. Since Hef is married to a 29-year-old woman (Crystal Harris), he still thinks he’s got “it.”

Playboy execs reportedly feel differently, and it’s hard to blame them. They’d like to give the magazine a fresh, “hip” infusion, which I have no problem believing. The weird part of this new story are the rumored candidates for Hef’s job — Adam Levine and Vin Diesel?

Hugh Hefner has rats at the Playboy Mansion!

After embarrassing revelations from former Playboy Bunny Holly Madison in her new memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole, Playboy executives want a fresh face in Hef’s bedroom!

Voice coach Adam levine is their dream guy,” and insider told [The Enquirer], adding: “He’s hip, he’s mature and he’s married to supermodel Behati Prinsloo!”

There’s also talk of approaching Vin Diesel after Holly wdmitted that sex with Hef made her suicidal!

‘”It’s tricky, though,” said the exec. “Hef is 89 and thinks he’ll live to be 100. Then he expects his son, Cooper, will take over. “And celebrities can go bad. There was a time when we’d have given Charlie Sheen the keys!”

[From Enquirer, print edition, July 27, 2014]

This story is based upon rumors that execs were really shaken up by Holly Madison’s recent memoir revelations. Holly revealed some sad and scandalous things, but Playboy has weathered worse scandals.

These new candidates are so unexpected. I expected Playboy to shutter whenever Hugh leaves this mortal coil, for he really IS the identity of the magazine. Vin Diesel is a hilarious mention because he’s such a wholesome family guy. He covered Playgirl in 2002, and the magazine described him as “pretty much is the definition of man. He has the deep voice, yet the sweet smile.” But he’s not a lothario, and Vin has much better things to do. As for Adam Levine, he would have been willing to embrace the Playboy rep a few years ago, but I don’t think his lovely bride, Behati Prinsloo, would be up for this career change.

Adam Levine

Vin Diesel

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23 Responses to “Is Playboy eyeing ‘hip’ Adam Levine to take over for Hugh Hefner?”

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  1. JustCrimmles says:

    Barf. All the way around.

  2. BengalCat2000 says:

    Both are equally gross.

    • Myriam says:

      Vin, gross? I echo your sentiment for Adam, but I haven’t heard anything about Vin to warrant that feeling. Am I missing something?

    • Myriam says:

      No worries. I just thought there was gossip I overlooked. lol

  3. QQ says:

    Ah Yes, Just what Playboy Needs , A Fresh Douchebag Infusion! * Tapping Veins*

  4. PunkyMomma says:

    Playboy should be allowed to go to Bunny Heaven along with Hef. Let it be over.

  5. Gardenia says:

    Holy wow. That woman cannot really be 29, can she?

  6. FingerBinger says:

    Hugh Hefner has 2 sons and a daughter why would he need Adam Levine or Vin Diesel? His daughter already runs part of the company.

    • Tiffany says:

      His daughter has been trying for a better part of 2 decades to get him to change some of the ‘traditions’ of Playboy. The fact that she has shown to be compentent ar what she does and he still won’t listen, then the board does need to rethink things.

      Also, it not just Holly’s book. The mansion is also a bed of Cosby’s assaults as well.

      They have serious reasons to be concerned.

      • Wooley says:

        I’ve read some of the issues since the daughter has been in charge… not good. The mag had gone downhill, it’s all rehashed old interviews

  7. Jaded says:

    Playboy is a complete anachronism today, laughable actually. Just let it go Hef, your day is done.

  8. jferber says:

    Adam Levine would be a sickening choice, but I understand the logic. He grew up rich, has an eye and a yen for women’s bodies (which is how I think he primarily judges them) and I wouldn’t be surprised if he has an M.B.A. or relatives who are executives. I have no doubt that Prinsloo would be up for it if that’s what Adam wanted. I pretty much think that defines their relationship. Hef’s son Cooper (I believe it’s this son with the former bunny and not the other one) has had domestic violence issues with his former (current?) girlfriend. Obviously, that can easily be cleaned up and is no real liability to him (if only that were not the case). But maybe they want a known quantity with a rep like Adam’s. They could also hit up Leo DiCaprio (who has pretty much the same reputation with women), but I think acting is more lucrative.

  9. magz says:

    What about Leo? Can it be a part time gig? Hes already baggin every other 20-something.. maybe the fake boobs would be too big for his taste at PB.

  10. InvaderTak says:

    *chortle* ahem. I doubt it …

  11. Lisa says:

    He’s greasy enough.

  12. Lara K says:

    Playboy is no longer a thing.
    Why would anyone consider putting a lucrative career on hold for that?
    Im not a Levine fan by any means, but his music career and his gig on the voice are doing well. He uses them to date models and go to good parties. Not to get involved with some rag his dad used to read.

    And Vin? No way! Not only is he a family man, but also a really classy guy. No idea why they would even mention him. Might as well try for Brad Pitt. Same likelihood.

  13. Cara says:

    Pass the bucket, I feel nauseous…😝

  14. ClaireJ says:

    Yuk! Also if Adam’s stupid wife manages to ‘accidently’ lose her top one more time on the red carpet I will do one. So annoying

  15. Shoe_Lover says:

    playboy execs cant replace Hefner anyway. he owns the magazine outright. Playboy enterprises own everything else. ownership of the magazine will go to his son.
    yes, i hate myself for knowing this much about playboy