Vanna White regrets her Playboy cover: 'I didn't want to be on there'

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Vanna White Was Afraid Her Career Would Be Ruined by Her 1987 Playboy Cover

Vanna White regrets working with Playboy.

The Wheel of Fortune star candidly addressed her 1987 Playboy cover on Wednesday's Wendy Williams Show, pointing out, "I wasn't on there because I wanted to be."

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"What happened was when I moved to Hollywood, I was too embarrassed to ask my dad for money for rent," the 58-year-old TV personality added. "I did some lingerie shots, like we all do sometimes...back in those days, and Hugh Hefner bought the pictures."

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WHEEL OF FORTUNE -- Season 10 -- Pictured: Hostess Vanna White -- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank
Vanna White at a book signing for 'Vanna Speaks'; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 13: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'Vanna White Unveils New Clothing Line' on October 13, 1987 at Bloomingdale's in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
MALIBU, CA - MARCH 30: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'Battle Of The Network Stars' on March 30, 1984 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 1: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'Vanna White Exclusive Photo Session' on April 1, 1984 at her home in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 1: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed at 'Exclusive Photo Session' on April 1, 1984 at her home in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 1: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed at 'Exclusive Photo Session' on April 1, 1984 at her home in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
File Photo of Vanna White at her home in Los Angeles, Calif. taken 9/7/85. (Photo by Bob Riha Jr/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 1: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed at 'Exclusive Photo Session' on April 1, 1984 at her home in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 28: TV Personality Vanna White attending the premiere party for 'Down And Out In Beverly Hills' on January 28, 1986 at Pips in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Vanna White during Vanna White sighting at Pips - March 17, 1986 at Pips in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Aired 09/04/1986 -- Pictured: (l-r) Wheel of Fortune co host Vanna White during an interview with host Johnny Carson on September 4, 1986 -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: TV Personality Vanna White and date attending 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21, 1986 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 7: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed on November 7, 1986 at Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 8: TV personality Vanna White and actor Billy Hufsey on December 8, 1986 dine at Nicky Blair's Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1987: Vanna White circa 1987 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Images/Getty Images)
Vanna White waving close-up at her book signing for 'Vanna Speaks' 1987. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1987: Actress Vanna White poses for a portrait in 1987 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 15: TV Personality Vanna White attending the taping of 'Bob Hope's Easter Special' on March 15, 1987 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JANAUARY 14: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed on January 14, 1987 at Nicky Blair's Restaurant in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NORWALK, CT - MAY 21: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'In Store Appearance Signing Vanna Speaks' on May 21, 1987 at Caldor's in Norwalk, Connecticut. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 15: TV Personality Vanna White attending the taping of 'Bob Hope's Easter Special' on March 15, 1987 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed on September 9, 1987 at Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 29: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed on March 29, 1991 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 3: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'Debut of the Special Edition Vanna White Fashion Doll' on December 3, 1992 at Lionel Kiddee City in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 22: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed on November 22, 1991 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'Video Software Dealers Association Convention' on July 11, 1993 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 1: TV Personality Vanna White attending the taping of 'Bob Hope's Birthday Celebration' on May 1, 1993 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Vanna White during The 15th Carousel Of Hope Ball - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - DECEMBER 9 : Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White stands next to the puzzle board during the show at the Broward County Convention Center on December 9, 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - DECEMBER 9 : Wheel of Fortune host Vanna White answers media questions prior to taping the show at the Broward County Convention Center on December 9, 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
Vanna White (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images)
Vanna White during 16th Carousel of Hope Presented by Mercedes-Benz to Benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Pat Sajak, Host of 'Wheel of Fortune', Vanna White, Co-Host of 'Wheel of Fortune' and Alex Trebek, Host of 'Jeopardy!' (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage)
Vanna White during Vanna White Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Her Achievements in Television at Walk Of Fame in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
ORANGE, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Television personalty Vanna White arrives at the premiere of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, held at Chapman University on February 10, 2007 in Orange, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Model Vanna White attends the 25th anniversary celebration of the television game show 'Wheel Of Fortune' at Radio City Music Hall September 27, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 10: Television personality Vanna White poses at the celebration for the opening of the Garrard flagship store at Two Rodeo on July 10, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 7: Vanna White attends the 'Hollywood Bag Ladies' Lupus Luncheon hosted by Marla Maples and chaired by Sharon Stone at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 7, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Host Pat Sajak (R) and co-host Vanna White pose for photos during a taping of 'Wheel Of Fortune Celebrity Week' celebrating the television game show's 25th anniversary at Radio City Music Hall on September 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Co-host Vanna White greets the contestants during a taping of 'Wheel Of Fortune Celebrity Week' celebrating the television game show's 25th anniversary at Radio City Music Hall on September 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
TV host Vanna White attends the U.S. Launch Event for New Lotus Cars at a private residence on November 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actress Vanna White arrives at the 32nd Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 23, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: The hosts of Wheel of Fortune Vanna White (L) and Pat Sajak are honored by Gray Line New York's Ride Of Fame Campaign in Central Park on May 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
LA HABRA, ORANGE, CA - AUGUST 15: Vanna White, co-host of the 'Wheel of Fortune' television show, visits The Gary Center on August 15, 2011 in La Habra, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 05: Vanna White arrives at the Safe Kids Day at The Lot on April 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Vanna White attends the 50th Anniversary Of The Merv Griffin Show at Sony Pictures Studios on November 19, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Ser Baffo/WireImage)
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White then claimed that Hefner's decision to put her on the cover was against her wishes.

"Hugh was my friend and he said, 'Vanna, we are going to put you on the cover.' I said, 'If you put me on the cover, my career could be ruined,' and they did it anyway," she said. "I don't talk to him, I feel bad, it was a long time ago but that really hurt my feelings."

"Thanks to everyone out there who was on my side. They didn't fire me and everybody was very supportive," White continued. "It was a great lesson. Don't ever do anything that you think is wrong, listen to that little voice inside of you. I wish I wouldn't have done it and I did it."

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White's full interview with Wendy Williams airs Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Playboy is currently undergoing a complete rebranding after announcing last year they would no longer post nude pictures, starting with the March issue, which hits stands on Friday.

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