March 2008

Playboy is something of a flop as a public company. What would make Penthouse any different? Former Penthouse editor Mark Healy recalls a heated conversation last spring with his then boss, Penthouse Media Group Chief Executive Marc Bell, who was angry about a magazine item that tweaked a celebrity. “What’s this damned Howard Stern story doing in here?!” fumed Bell. Healy considered the piece innocuous. Bell thought it was inflammatory enough to anger Stern, who frequently hosts Penthouse Pets on his radio show. Healy later quit because of Bell’s meddling. Read more

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