Erin Andrews Nude in Playboy? Sorry, Not Anytime Soon.

Yesterday I had the chance to speak to Sam Jemielity, senior editor for Playboy.com. And I’ve got some bad news. There are definitely no plans for Erin Andrews to appear in the buff for either Playboy or Playboy.com. So, even though she’s now the sexiest broadcaster in sports, she’s not doing the nude thing.

So get over it.

Jemielity said Playboy.com has “reached out to the top three candidates” – Andrews, Lindsay Soto of Fox Sports Net West, and Krista Voda of the Speed Channel – but they have yet to respond.

As to my Suzy Kolber quest, there was a large write-in vote, and Suzy dominated that vote. “We had 50,000 to 55,000 votes in the regular vote, with 3,000 write-in votes,” Jemielity said. “The voters were passionate about the people they wanted.” And Kolber got most of those 3,000. So I guess people other than me and Joe Namath were voting for Suzy.

Erin Andrews got 40 percent of the vote, dominating the competition.

I asked him how they arrived at the candidates this time out. “It’s not an exact science, or anything like that,” he said. They just decided to go with new faces, so the nominees from the 2000 Sexiest Sportscaster competition were eliminated. They asked the various editors around Playboy for suggestions, and those editors asked friends around the country for suggestions, and that’s how they arrived at the candidates.

Obviously, as the vote for Suzy Kolber indicates, they forgot a few candidates. That is possibly good news. “We did get a lot of write-in votes,” Jemielity said. “Maybe there’s enough interest to do another issue at another time.”

As to the lack of controversy this time out – there was much indignation in 2000 – Jemielity speculates that it just isn’t that big a deal anymore.

“We’re not trying to impugn anyone’s talent or skills,” he said. He went on to say televised sports is now full of attractive women on the sidelines, and since Jill Arrington embraced the victory last time out, there was just no reason for anyone to get upset. Plus, he says that in 2000 the networks themselves had gotten in on the deal by providing photos and information about the nominees, so that much of the backlash was against the networks. This time, Playboy.com just acted on its own.

But guys, don’t forgo all hope. Jemielity said they’re not giving up. Anytime Erin Andrews wants to appear, they’ll be ready. After all, it took several years for Lisa Guerrero (not safe for work) to finally consent to an appearance in Playboy. So there’s plenty of time for Andrews to change her mind.

Oh, and to anyone’s who interested, just because you’re the senior editor doesn’t mean you get any role choosing the photos, “though I often volunteer,” Jemielity said. – John Royal


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