Hugh Hefner’s Best Interview Moments

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, died on Wednesday at 91. Known for his hedonistic parties at the Playboy Mansion, and for his many romantic involvements, he became a symbol of sexual liberation — if at times a contentious one.

The exuberant owner of the Playboy media empire did not shy from making his libertine lifestyle public. Throughout the years, he spoke candidly in interviews about his intriguing life.

David Letterman

Late Night with David Letterman – 5/15/85 Video by Bud Sneebra

Mr. Hefner was an early guest on “Late Night with David Letterman,” in May 1985. Mr. Letterman pressed him for details of his life in the mansion, asking him, “Is it just unbelievable wild sex all night long?” Mr. Hefner reassured his host, “We take time off from the wild sex to watch your show.”

William F. Buckley Jr.

William Buckley Interviews Hugh Hefner on Firing Line (1966) Part 1 Video by CEHitchens33

In an interview in 1966 with the conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. on “Firing Line,” Mr. Hefner was asked about his views on sexual liberation. “What it really comes down to is an attempt to establish what has been called a new morality,” he said. “I really think that’s what this thing called the ‘American sexual revolution’ is really all about.”

Time magazine

TIME Magazine Interviews: Hugh Hefner Video by TIME

In an interview with Time magazine, for which Mr. Hefner donned his signature silk pajamas and a maroon dressing gown, he was asked about his views on feminism. “I’m not an active feminist, I’m an active humanist,” he said. “I separated ways from the American feminist movement when they became anti-sexual. I believe embracing sexuality is a part of what it means to be free.”

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