The Playmate of the Year festivities at the Palms appear to have taken their toll on Hugh Hefner. The main event wrapped at Rain shortly before 11 p.m. May 15 and he barely popped by the Playboy Club long enough to make an appearance before bidding the party and the Palms adieu. He was on his private jet and L.A.-bound before midnight.
Still, we can’t really blame the guy. He is 84 years old, and he’s crammed more than his share of late nights and parties with beautiful, surgically enhanced women in those 84 years. Still, there’s no excuse for 33-year-old Robin Thicke going back to La La Land early, too. Unless he couldn’t afford a one-way ticket on Southwest Airlines the next day. (Those are, what, $79 or something? Well, we are in a recession.)
Not that anyone seemed to care when Thicke left. Unlike Hef or 2010 Playmate of the Year Hope Dworaczyk, Thicke isn’t exactly a show-stopper. When he headlined the awards show, he serenaded just-crowned Dworaczyk with a particularly moving rendition of “Lost Without U.” She was so enthralled by his falsetto she only turned around to banter with people off-stage twice.
Yet Dworaczyk is hardly an authority when it comes to maintaining audience’s attention: The crowd noise was so loud during her rambling, 10-minute acceptance speech, the scene begged for Academy Awards-style wrap-it-up orchestra music and a big cane.