Playgirl gave up the pretense of being aimed at women who like to look at naked men a long time ago – now the magazine is full-out directed at the gay “hot studs” audience. The publication seems rather desperate for publicity because they keep making extravagant offers to B list celebrities to take it all off, knowing in advance what the answer is. Jon Gosselin was insulted by their $20,000 offer and Jersey Shore’s Vinny turned up his nose at $30,000. The magazine supposedly offered Glee’s Mark Salling $100,000 – only because they were sure he’d turn it down. We wonder what Kim’s brother Rob Kardashian thought about his $45,000 offer – and whether his agent/mom Kris tried to get a better deal. Nobody really knows how much Levi Johnston was actually paid for his semi-nudes because both sides exaggerate.
Now that Levi Johnston has conquered Playgirl, we hear he’s headed for Wisteria Lane. Levi, who also goes by the name Rikki Hollywood, is in talks to guest star on a three episode arc on “Desperate Housewives.” Marc Cherry, the series creator, is a gay Republican and he was intrigued by Levi when he saw him at last year’s Republican National Convention. He offered Levi a role on the show and Levi/Rikki is taking acting lessons to prepare.
“Dancing with the Stars” Cameron Mathison was surprised when he had his first interview with show execs and right away they asked him if he had ever posed nude or anything of that nature. Uh-oh, had his past come back to haunt him? The “All My Children” star laughed and admitted that in 1999 he WAS on the cover of Playgirl, but his pictorial inside was tastefully clothed. When they requested a copy, he took it as a sign that he might be out of the running, and was really worried. He was greatly relieved when it turned out the women who asked for the magazine simply wanted him to autograph it for them.