Desperate Housewives Turn Down $9.5 Playboy Offer

Following up on the previous story, I discovered this bit of interesting news:


Actress TERI HATCHER banned her DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES co-stars from accepting a $9.5 million (GBP5 million) offer to pose naked for men’s magazine PLAYBOY. Porn mogul HUGH HEFNER asked the hit TV show’s female stars, Hatcher, NICOLETTE SHERIDAN, MARCIA CROSS, EVA LONGORIA and FELICITY HUFFMAN to strip off for a special edition of the raunchy publication.

But Hatcher was disgusted by the proposition, so warned the cast not to cheapen their images by agreeing to the photo shoot. She says, “I looked at it seriously, but it’s inappropriate. “It’s just an opportunity to see celebrities without their clothes.

Well, yes. That would be the point. It’s not as if Hatcher’s primary claim to fame is something other than being exceedingly attractive. (I have it on authority that they’re real and they’re spectacular.)

Seeing that this demanded further inquiry, I probed deeper into this mystery.

Desperate Housewives cast turn down a £5million Playboy offer

The gorgeous cast of ‘Desperate Housewives’ were forced to turn down a £5million offer to pose nude for Playboy after Teri Hatcher refused to strip for the magazine. Magazine owner Hugh Hefner offered the huge sum to the US show’s five beautiful stars, Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Nicolette Sheridan, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman, to appear in a special edition of the erotic publication featuring all of them naked.

However, although some of the actresses were reportedly keen to peel off for the shoot, the deal was scuppered by Hatcher – who previously stripped for her role in James Bond movie ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ – who turned down the offer after much consideration. She said: “I looked at it seriously but it’s inappropriate. It’s just an opportunity to see celebrities without their clothes.”

Earlier this month, it was revealed Hatcher is earning a staggering £150,000 per episode, following the phenomenal success of the first series of ‘Desperate Housewives’. The 40-year-old actress – who pocketed a “meagre” £20,000 for each hour-long show during the first series – was rewarded by bosses for signing up for a second series of the hit show with an incredible 650 per cent pay rise after becoming the show’s main star. Meanwhile, her co-stars, who used to earn just £970 for each episode, also received undisclosed pay rises as well as a new car each.

Apparently, splitting $9.5 million five ways is less enticing when one is making that kind of money.

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  1. bryan says:

    How much is pounds 970? For a 13-episode show, that doesn’t sound like much. On the other hand, pounds 1650,000 sounds like quite a bit.

    “I looked at it seriously but it’s inappropriate. It’s just an opportunity to see celebrities without their clothes.”

    Given the subject matter of Hatcher’s latest series success, I’m not sure what that would be such an issue with her.

  2. James Joyner says:

    A pound is roughly two dollars ($1.91535 at present). See

    And, yeah, a couple thousand an episode isn’t that much. Still, who’d ever heard of any of these people other than Hatcher?

  3. Eric says:

    Look for this show to completely fall apart next year. Hatcher seems to have been annointed the star for next year, but she’s hardly my favorite character. Soon there will be infighting over the scripts, how the characters are portrayed, who gets more screen time, etc.

    By the end of next year, someone will pull a David Caruso, move off of Wisteria Lane, and never be heard from again.

  4. Jeff says:

    Hatcher “stripped” for a Bond movie?

    They must not actually watch Bond movies in England anymore to write it that way.