LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – For Lindsay Lohan Playboy photos, it was not all smooth sailing, Hugh Hefner tells news this week. Lindsay Lohan Playboy pictures release date came and went today with zero news comment by Lohan herself. While Playboy is not commenting to news if they are pleased or not with Lohan’s lack of news comment and media promotion, Hugh Hefner is praising the spread. Hef is calling Lohan’s Playboy pics as classic, and predicting that it will drive record sales for the magazine for its January 2012 issue. While ultimately Hefner is the best judge of what sells his publication and what doesn’t, criticism of Lohan’s pics has been widespread, even among former Playboy models themselves.
The Lindsay Lohan Playboy photos were supposed to get a release date with national news coverage on a daytime talk show. Instead, the pictures got leaks, takedown orders, claims of Russian spies, and enough intrigue to make even the most gullible fan a bit skeptical of the perfectly timed drama. Amid the turmoil was Lohan’s slated appearance, a single showing on a daytime talk show. The news interview was to be about Lohan, her struggles, how the Playboy photos were a celebration of Marilyn Monroe, and how she was looking forward to 2012.
Instead, Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s daughter, stole the show. After a year in which Lohan drew criticism for her legal troubles, Paris Jackson filled in for Lindsay Lohan at would have been Lohan’s sole Playboy promotional appearance. An interview with ELLEN was canceled abruptly.
In the end, Playboy had no promotional appearance by Lohan for her Playboy pictures. The release date came and went with zero news revelation. And ultimately, the big hit of the week was neither Lohan nor Playboy, but Paris Jackson, with many viewers delighted by Paris’ frank, carefree interview replacing Lohan on ELLEN.
So what is next for the Lohan spread? Playboy has yet to comment to news about anticipated sales figures. Playboy has yet to detail about international release dates. Yet with a January 2012 cover date, the spread is expected to hit newsstands worldwide this week and next.
Left with no spokesperson for the spread, Hugh Hefner is now opening up to news about the issue. Hef tells news that initially he was concerned about booking Lohan for the spread. Ironically, Lohan had told news for three years that she would never do the Playboy spread. And for two years, she told news she would never pose again as Marilyn Monroe.
But Hefner tells E! this week “I kind of had mixed emotions about it initially, and then it turned into something bigger than life.” He added “I wasn’t quite sure where she was at in her life, obviously. It depends on whether it’s Tuesday or Thursday.”
And yet, Hef confirms news reports about trouble initially. He said the initial spread was unflattering to Lohan. He also said it was not polished enough. However, nearly fifty percent or more viewers are unimpressed with the second and finals spread, reveal recent polls. Many contend the final spread is too polished and doesnâ€™t represent how Lohan actually looks.
But Hef still tells news the pics are perfect and will draw record sales. “I think it was accomplished beyond anything I could have possibly imagined… people will not forget this pictorial.”
If the Lindsay Lohan Playboy pics look familiar, they should. They are in tribute to Tom Kelley’s photo shoot of Marilyn Monroe in 1949.
Lohan tells news, yet again, that she still associates with Marilyn Monroe.Â “I think Marilyn Monroe once said that. I certainly agree with her … Knowing yourself and your body is so important because it gives you confidence, and in life, women need confidence.”
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