Holly Madison Dishes to Oprah About Hugh Hefner Split, and How He Tried to Bribe Her to Stay

Holly Madison is currently writing her second book
In an interview for Oprah Winfrey's show Oprah: Where Are They Now, Holly Madison talks about her 2008 split from Hugh Hefner and what grossed her out about him  Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic

Holly Madison isn’t holding anything back when it comes to discussing her past relationship with Hugh Hefner.

In an interview for Oprah Winfrey’s show Oprah: Where Are They Now, airing Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10 p.m. ET on OWN, the former Playboy Playmate, 35, discussed the days after she and Hefner, 89, split after seven years.

“Hef and I started hitting kind of a rocky patch when it became clear that Bridget [Marquardt] and Kendra [Wilkinson] were leaving, they were moving on to new things,” Madison said. “I just had enough and just realized all the delusions I’d been under and that this was no longer the life for me.”

She told Winfrey that Hef tried to bribe her to stay. Before leaving the mansion, she went to collect her belongings from Hefner’s room. There, she found his will, stating he’d left her $3 million.

“It was very clear to me that he’d left that out for me to see, because he was hoping it would change my mind and get me to stay,” the Down the Rabbit Hole author said. “But it just kinda disgusted me more than anything because all he can do is say, ‘Oh, here, I’m gonna throw you some money to get you to stay.’ It just grossed me out.”

In June, Madison — who is married to Pasqualle Rotella and mom to daughter Rainbow, 2 — revealed exclusively to Us Weekly why she decided to write a book detailing her time at the mansion.

“I’ve gotten offers for book deals before, especially right after I left the mansion,” the former Playboy Bunny told Us. “ But I didn’t want to do it then because I didn’t want to do just a tell-all about someone. I wanted this to be my life story — about what I’ve learned and where I’ve gone — and I’ve finally gotten to a place where I felt that I could tell that story.”

Madison’s first book, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, hit the New York Times best-seller list after its release in June. Earlier this week the Girls Next Door alum confirmed to Us that she is writing a second book. Tentatively titled If I Had a Date, it’s about relationships and is set for a summer 2016 release.

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