Hugh Hefner dumped the 20-year-old Shannon twins

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Hugh Hefner has dumped two of his three “girlfriends”. He “let go” of the 20-year-old Shannon twins, Kristina and Karissa, who have been “with” Hef for about a year. They aren’t going to be thrown out with the trash, though – Hef is allowing them to move into the Playmate House, which I think is a separate residence than the Playboy Mansion…? The Huffington Post has more… Hef announced the whole thing on his Twitter… because Hef tweets (how did I not know this?):

Hugh Hefner, 83, is down 2/3 of his girlfriends.

Late Tuesday Hefner tweeted that, “The Shannon Twins are growing up. They’re moving to the Playmate House with my blessing so they will be free to do other things.”

Kristina and Karissa Shannon, known as ‘The Shannon Twins,’ are 20 and have been dating the aging Playboy mogul for over a year.

They tweeted, “Were looking forward to moving to the Playmate House, But we still love Hef & want to remain close.”

This means he is down to just one live-in girlfriend, December 2009 playmate Crystal Harris.

[From Huffington Post]

E! News actually got an interview with Hef, and he explained the situation in a bit more detail… apparently, he’s getting more serious about the other girlfriend, Crystal Harris, and “the twins” want to travel and get away from checking in with Grandpa every two hours:

Hef explains that while his relationship with girlfriend Crystal Harris has been getting “more serious,” the twins have expressed a lot of interest in doing more Playmate-related promotional work for the company…

“They’ve been hanging out with a lot of the other Playmates and they see these girls traveling across the country to do promotion,” he said. “They would like to be doing that, too.”

In fact, Hefner, 83, said he was the one who initially suggested the move, which will take place within the next couple of weeks. “When they thought about it, they thought it was a good idea,” he said, adding, “They will now be friends, but they won’t be defined as the girlfriends.”

As serious as things may be with 23-year-old Crystal, Hef says we shouldn’t start listening for wedding bells. “I haven’t had a lot of luck with marriage,” he said. “I don’t have a good track record and I don’t want to screw this one up.”

The twins’ departure doesn’t mean the end of Girls Next Door.

Hef says if his hit E! reality series gets picked up for another season, we’ll not only see some of the twins work with the Playmates, but of course, “how my relationships are changing romantically and how that relates to Crystal.”

[From E! News]

Okay, I have a confession: I actually like Hef. And I think even though he’s an old fool for all of these girlfriends and stuff, I like that he’s not throwing them out, that he’s still looking out for them and helping them. Hef treats women better than many, many men. You just have to know what you’re getting into with him. Like, you have to monitor his prescriptions and don’t interrupt his naps.

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Hugh Hefner and latest girlfriend Crystal Harris at the 2009 Fox Reality Channel Really Awards at the Music Box in LA

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  1. heb says:

    Somewhere Holly’s head is exploding

  2. Sumodo says:

    Ratings must be slipping for “The Girls Next Door.” So, he’ll swap out those two for a couple other ones living in the Playmate House.

  3. LolaBella says:

    Wow, even young ladies who had big dreams of being the permanent handlers of 83 year old peen are being effected IN THIS ECONOMY!

    Somewhere Holly Madison is snickering that her replacements have been ‘laid off’ (the jokes really write themselves, don’t they?)and wondering if her Puffin wants her back.

  4. ering says:

    The romantic in me wants to believe that maybe he realized how he screwed up with Holly by not making her his only girlfriend, and he doesn’t want to do the same thing this time around. God knows how many more chances he might have at his age, and he sure as hell doesn’t want to be alone…

  5. Anastasia says:

    What I don’t get is: what does he talk to them about? I mean, are they just for arm candy, or what? They can’t truly be companions, right? I caught part of one episode of that show in which the girls didn’t even know about or understand anything before the early 1990s, so I’m assuming he doesn’t do a lot of talking with them? Because what the hell would they talk about?

    To each his own, yeah, but I don’t know–at his age (even at my age now, 39), I’d want someone who could be more of a true companion in life.

  6. Sudini says:

    Sorry, but his act is getting so old (no pun). And I can’t stand these idiot women who would debase themselves to basically be at his beck and call (“they moved out, with my blessing…”). I mean, gross. He may not be a beater of women (congratulations!) but he doesn’t necessarily treat women well – not as long as he’s willing to constantly condescend to them and treat them like dolls instead of people.

  7. IceKitty says:

    “You just have to know what you’re getting into with him. Like, you have to monitor his prescriptions and don’t interrupt his naps”.

    Bwaaa Haaa Haaa!!

  8. Frenchie says:

    First, how much of girlfriends are they… Is exchanging a smack sometimes, is good enough ?
    Second, I think Cristal looks the same age as Dina Lohan.

  9. justathought says:

    Am sure ratings slipped big time. Although Kendra was same age, she had a very cool aura with a mature and strong personality. These childish ho hum twins are way too young for Hef and now the show boringly borders on creepiness. I do like the man and wish he and Holly would rekindle their fires.

  10. Frenchie says:

    Oh yeah
    Third, Is there a playboy mansion brand for bleaching every girls hair the same strawy shade ??

  11. Nadia says:

    I like him too, Kaiser. And I loved him with Holly. I confess. I did.

  12. Ogechi says:

    Hef i wish u could just have rest. You need to retire. You have tried and you can still make money even without these little girls.

  13. Sumodo says:

    He treated Holly shabbily. She really helped run the mansion and showered Hef with love. He was a moron not to appreciate her. She’s an old soul and really grounded. Barbi Benton ended up marrying somebody handsome, wealthy and worthy of her love. I hope Holly finds the same. (BTW, Barbi’s mansion in Aspen is one of the most outrageous I have ever seen. It was on an ep of “Gene Simmon’s Family Jewels” when Shannon Tweed visited her old friend, Barbi.

  14. Linda says:

    Wow…I cannot get over this statement… “Hef treats women better than many, many men.”

    Really read that statement and really think about what this says about women! If someone thinks that Hef is any kind of man that halfway treats any woman in a good way – we all have problems. Hef uses women, they are commodities to be used and tossed aside and it’s sad that women have such low self-esteem that they allow themselves to be used in such a manner!

  15. Obvious says:

    i vote for a holly and puffin reunion. she cared about him far more than any of these other girls. and was with him for a long time before she finally gave up hope.

  16. andrea says:

    sudini, right on: “He may not be a beater of women (congratulations!) but he doesn’t necessarily treat women well – not as long as he’s willing to constantly condescend to them and treat them like dolls instead of people.”

    kaiser, get real. to say this guy treats women well is setting an insultingly low standard. his entire being is based on devaluing women.

  17. andrea says:

    also, i promise you hef does not tweet. somebody on his staff tweets as hef.

  18. Goddess711 says:

    Dumped them for who – the Shannon brothers?

  19. snowball says:

    This is scary, but I agree about the Holly stuff.

    She was smart, helped him run some of his, uh, things and more than any other of his groupies, seemed to genuinely care about him and envision a future with him. Albeit a short one, considering he’s approaching Weekend with Bernie status.

    When she left, I think Hef was more upset than either he let on or wanted to admit. They really were cute together. Who knows (and I don’t want to think about it) if they were sexually active, but they seemed to have a nice partnership if nothing else.

    That he immediate jumped to three brain-dead hanger-ons barely old enough to vote I thought said something about his being able to handle intimacy any more.

    And now, I’m going to take a bleach shower for spending this much time thinking about Hugh Hefner and his love life.

  20. Firestarter says:

    @Sumodo- He has treated all the women in his life shabbily, not just Holly. He was rotten to his last wife, as well as his first wife. He wasn’t an abuser, but a selfish, self absorbed man who never cared about anyone but himself and his wants.

    He may have been the toast of the world back in the high flying 60′s and 70′s, but he isn’t in his 30′s and 40′s now, he is a geriatric, pathetic fool. and this whole “bachelor” schtick is old, just like him!

  21. ligeia says:

    looks like he got bored with them and wants some new arm candy. surprised it took a whole year, must have lasted so long because they are “omgosh twins!”.

  22. KelBear says:

    I actually think that Holly was great for Hef. She really looked out for him and cared about him alot. She was with him for years before Girls Next Door started.

  23. fizXgirl314 says:

    wow, sad day in the lives of women if Hefner is being held up as an example of a good partner :/

  24. Cinderella says:

    If Crystal is 23, she better slow it down because she’s looking ruff.

  25. *Lee* says:

    I don’t think Hef mistreats women. These women aren’t being kidnapped, they are flocking to him (trying to wrap my head around that). This is pretty much just how he is, he never claims to want to marry any of these girls. The girlfriend description is pretty clear. And after, he does show an interest in them doing well.

  26. WTF?!? says:

    I’m with Kaiser, I like Hef, and in a weird way, he does treat his women with more respect than a lot of men.
    The twins have dead fish-eyes and make fun of him, they’re too young to a) be tied down to an octogenarian, and b) too stupid to appreciate what they’ve got.
    Now that Hef is divorcing his wife fer realz, maybe Holly will come back. Their relationship was… odd, but oddly sweet, and it really seemed to work for the both of them; there was genuine affection there.
    Hell, if he’ll pay for a few touch-ups, I’ll go hang with the Hef-man. As long as I can bring the kitteh.

  27. pickelhaube says:

    I think Hef exploits stupid women who don’t have enough intelligence or self-respect to KNOW that they are being objectified and commodified, so no, I don’t think he “treats women well”. Yes, these women DO flock to him, but honestly, what other options do women like that really have? Look at Kendra…she’s not going to be able to use her brains since she has none, she’s “hot”, so what other options does she have besides being arm candy for a man? It’s sad, but I can kinda see both sides here. As a woman it repulses me to see women in this situation, but also, it IS their choice, even though I think this particular type of “choice” is more of a reflection on how women are valued in our society (like, shut up, please a man and look good doing it!), so I’m torn. But Hef grosses me out and I would rather die than be what is essentially a high-class wh0re/nursemaid to a half-dead old porn purveyor…so what do I know?

  28. tiki says:

    i agree with those disagreeing with kaiser that hef treats women well. he sets curfews for grown women, his aide d’camp, mary o’connor, has to ask his permission to have his ‘girls’ come over for game night, he pays for companionship (and has been for quite a long time), and sex is according to his schedule and preference? yeah–snort–that definitely adds up to respect for women. one last thing, one of the several ‘loves of his life,’ barbie benton, finally threw in the towel when he cheated on her with a close friend of hers. yup, he’s a peach all right. using women as the equivalent of the baby wipes used to wipe off his peen between partners on sex night is way better than hitting them. uh-huh. okay. right.
    p.s. the absolute last thing, the man doesn’t use condoms. refuses to. way to show care and concern for his partners. what a sleaze.

  29. Pam says:

    Maybe Kaiser meant that he treats women better than most pimps treat women. That must’ve been the intended sentence. I’m going to go ahead and assume that’s the case to save myself from jumping off a bridge right now.

  30. SageAdvice says:

    pickelhaube you hit the nail on the head. These women CAN’T do anything else beside being someone’s arm candy because they are “hot” and stupid.

    I have zero issue with Hef taking some kind of interest in helping dumb girls do something, anything, with their lives. Better this than ending up cut up into quarters by some abusive junkie boyfriend.

    Besides, I’ve met him before and he’s really really nice. He doesn’t make disgusting, inappropriate comments. He was really quite kind-definitely from a different era though.

    EDIT: I will admit that he is definitely a pimp though. And to be frank, as long as the girls are on birth control and get regular check-ups, I don’t see anything wrong with him not using condoms. I am almost positive they’ve all got the herps any way. Beside that, as a sexually active adult woman, you are being irresponsible by NOT being on birth control unless you have a partner who you want to have a child with.

  31. BReed says:

    I can’t imagine anyone actually wanting to sleep with this rubber-faced old man. Ew-w-w-w-!!!!

  32. says:

    oh god, my eyes decieve me!!!! i had no idea how many holly-lovers were on here……… i HATED holly when she was on the show. i think she was a total gold-digger. she knew what she had with hef and she saw what she could get out of the relationship-all the Playboy magazine editor-type stuff, all the promo stuff, all the Hollywood glitz and glamour, and lets not forget, the money!$!$! and that’s why she pushed so hard to get to marriage…which he has always said from day 1 with them that he wasn’t going to do, he wasn’t going to marry anymore girlfriends. and she still pushed for it, so in the long run i think he became a little paranoid about her true intentions and feelings and i think she began to resent the relationship that she once was comfortable in and they both moved on…and that my friends is called GROWTH, emotional growth and maturity…and look at her now!!! she has her own show on TV, which she never would have had if she hadn’t been with Hef, she has her own show in Vegas (which she also wouldn’t have had!) and she has a whole new life where it looks like she is really happy and having a lot of fun and is free to date and hang out with other people much more suited for her age. Bridgette was always my favorite of the 3. i think she was genuinely the sweetest.

    the new three girlfriends really bothered me because i COULD.NOT.STAND the twins. they were total idiots and had no personality outside of them being twins. it was horrifically annoying and mind numbing. i did like crystal though, she really grew on me. i think she is sweet and honestly cares for Hef. i think she is in awe of the fact that she is there and is not oblivious to the fact that she is incredibly lucky and is doing her best to make the situation she is in as amazing as it can possibly be. i think she’s a little bit ditzy, or maybe naive, but i think that suits Hef, and i think she is the kind of person he wants around him in these last few years…someone who is nice and sweet, appreciative of the gifts and opportunities he can give her (not expectant of them like i think HOlly grew to be) but also just a young and sunshiney natured person.

    that’s just my 2cents on the subject. AND, i do agree that Hef treats these women pretty well. i know there’s a sort of “contract” or whatever but they know the deal and they get ALOT out of this relationship. Hef goes to great lengths to make these girls dreams come true – taking them to Italy to see their relatives that they would normally never have done, giving them time in recording studios with well known producers and financially backing their musical aspirations-which he did with Barbi Benton AND Crystal. he tookBarbi all over the world when they were together and i think she also got to help host some of his TV specials, Bridgette was given the opportunity to finish college and get her degree and he provided her with the opportunity to audition and get several “broadcasting” gigs….the list goes on and on. i think that he is kind and loving and very generous with these women, and although i personally can’t imagine what their lives are like living in that mansion every single day, i certainly can see how they have all enjoyed it and totally benefited from it.

  33. says:

    and as far as his tweets go, in one of the newer episodes of their show Crystal was doing his tweets. whether or not she does them on a day to day basis or not, i don’t know but they definately gave the impression that she does them! Hef didn’t even know wtf they were!!!! it was kind of awkward and did a really good job(totally unintentional i’m sure)of showing their age difference.

  34. fizXgirl314 says:

    This is so funny… I was just flipping through the channels a couple of days ago (I am finally back from switzerland to the states YIPPY) and I noticed that they still had re-runs of the girls next door with the old crew… I thought to myself ” I bet the twins didn’t do well in the ratings because most women can’t relate to them and Hef will probably dump them soon” and sure enough… :/

  35. gilmerman says:

    If hef’s dick was a pistol, it wouldn’t fire. Its rusted from pi–ing in his diaper

  36. Bete says:

    It’s easy for people to point the finger at the girls but Hugh is the one in charge of his own destiny and sure, he was really cool in the beginning, being the pioneering publisher of smut and all that, but now he is ridiculous.
    When will he really wake up and realise that no young women fantasize about doing it with men his age? It’s always about the money.

  37. Popcorny says:

    Hugh should have hung this “empire” up a long time ago -or at least should have became “heard and not seen”. He makes everything unattractive (nevermind that his girls get less attractive with each swing of the turnstyle).
    Poor old pathetic man, desperately trying to hang on to an image he once had.
    None of these people look sexy, they look stupid and pathetic.

  38. Kathie says:

    Those twins are 20! TOOOOWWWEEEENNNTTTYY
    they are 2 years from being teenagers and already they have been used up and cast aside by an old letch who has money and a purile interest in unwrinkled bleached waxed flesh and no interest in real women. I continue to be amazed that some child’s parents haven’t shown up at the Mansion with a court order and a bullwhip but maybe they are liking being famewh**res by default. I find his entire ethos to be disgusting.

  39. Orbit says:

    Maybe he just forgot who they were?

  40. wilson says:

    good I never cared much for them anyway, they needto give up the whole stupid girlsnext door show.

  41. April says:

    Kathie- what do the parents have to say? These women are all over 18, they can be Hef’s arm candy if they damn well please.

    And I am sure the parents don’t mind not having to support their daughter all this time while she looks for her rich husband.

  42. says:

    ive watched a bunch of episodes-i used to be a fan, what can i say?!?-and all the parents seem to love him and love that their daughters are with them…which i think is a little bit weird because, you know, he’s as old as their GRANDparents let alone parents…and in some cases probably OLDER than their grandparents!!!!!

    i’m assuming they don’t have sex and that’s probably what the parents are thinking so maybe that’s why none of them act freaked out-or maybe we just aren’t privy to those private conversations, i’m sure they’re edited out :) OR maybe they are just excited about the prospect of $$$$$$ coming for their daughters. who knows. i don’t know how the heck i would feel. it’s a crazy crazy situation.

  43. guest says:

    could not even watch this mess…loved holly, bridget & kendra tho. how embarrassing to be a 20 something & then be dumped by an 80 something!!! ridic.

  44. Sunflower says:

    I predicted that Hugh would tire of the twins. They are so stuck up and they aren’t even that pretty. I wish Hugh would get back with Holly. Holly was good for Hugh. Hugh, you need Holly!! You better go find her and beg her to come back. Give her all the babies she wants. Holly will enrich your life.

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  46. notsoanonymous says:

    Crystal actually is fine – I have nothing negative to say about her. The twins are…wow. Nothing positive to say about them.

    The replacements were simply a way to save the show itself IMO. The other girls were there BEFORE the show, as well all know (well, maybe not Kendra.)


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