Twins Kristina Shannon and Karissa Shannon were the stars in the last season. “The Girls Next Door,”A reality TV show that featured the life of Hugh Hefner and the Playboy mansion.
Now, the sisters are making alarming claims about the mansion. One of them alleges that Hefner expected them to have sex on their 19th birthday.
“Secrets of Playboy,” airing on A&E, is hosted by Inside Edition chief investigative correspondent Lisa Guerrero.
“When I heard about their stories, it broke my heart. Because they were so young, so vulnerable,” Guerrero said.
Kristina and Karissa were 18 years when Kristina got the opportunity to join Hefner’s cast, which replaced Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson.
“Hef wrote a letter — old school — and he said, ‘I would love for you guys to be my girlfriends and move in with me and film the Girls Next Door show.’ So when we got the letter, we were like, of course, we’re gonna go,” Kristina said.
Karissa said she was shocked when she found out she was pregnant with Hefner’s child. She was ashamed to tell him.
“I didn’t want him to know I was pregnant. I didn’t want him to want me to have it. I didn’t want to be stuck even more inside that bubble,” Karissa said.
Lisa Guerrero shares her experience with the Playboy empire. After becoming famous as a sideline reporter at ABC Monday night football, she accepted Playboy’s long-standing request that she appear on the magazine’s cover.
“I was called a celebrity cover. So I was able to choose the photographer, choose the pictures, choose the location. I went to Paris. I had my female manager, my mother-in-law and my best girlfriend with me, so I very much was in the power position,” Guerrero said.
Guerrero claims that her experiences with Playboy over the years were positive. But she knows that not all women, like Kristina or Karissa, are as positive.
“After I’ve seen ‘Secrets of Playboy,’ I realize that I dodged a bullet. That those women’s stories, their traumas, their experiences — that could have been me,” Guerrero said.
The new episodes “Secrets of Playboy” begin airing Monday.