To the devastation of Playboy fans everywhere, the magazine declared earlier this year that nudes would no longer be published – but there may be hope.
Hugh Hefner, the 90-year-old founder of Playboy magazine, has stepped down as the monthly’s chief creative officer and been replaced by his son, Cooper Hefner.
The 25-year-old was a critic of Playboy’s no-nudes policy.
Through a spokesman, Cooper said he’s still not a fan of no-nudity, saying: “There has been no change of heart, and I continue to be well aware of what has made Playboy so remarkably special.”
So will nudity return?
He told Media Ink in an email:
Some aspects of the brand won’t alter, as there have been a number of successful creative and business pivots over the last few years that are worthy of celebration.
However, as we close in on our 64th year as an organization, I can assure you certain aspects of our formula will change. We are currently implementing a creative strategy for the brand moving forward. Let’s just say, 2017 will be a big year for our rabbit.
Interim Chief Executive Ben Kohn, managing director of Rizvi Traverse, the magazine’s majority owner, confirmed Cooper had risen in the ranks and had taken on the role. But Kohn still appears unwilling to return to nudes.
A spokesman for the Interim Chief said: “There are currently no plans to change the nudity levels in the magazine.”
But Editorial Director Jason Buhrmester was allegedly so upset by Cooper’s new position that he’s already turned in his resignation and is expected to be out around mid-November, according to insiders.
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Cory Jones, the chief content officer who unveiled the ‘safe for work’ Web redesign in 2014, was forced out two months ago, the NY Post reports.
And Chief Digital Officer Phillip Morelock was also dismissed about two weeks ago, along with about 20 others across the company.
So does Cooper’s new position with Playboy mean nudes will return to the magazine? It remains to be seen – but with pro-clothes employees dropping left right and centre, Hefner’s son may be returning Playboy back to its old roots sooner than we’d expect.