Dennis Hof is an American brothel owner, entrepreneur, and restaurateur and star of the HBO series CatHouse. He is best known as the former, owning seven legal brothels in Nevada. In the state of Nevada prostitution's legality is determined on a county-by-county basis. His brothels are in Moundhouse, Nevada, a few minutes outside Carson City, 35 by car from Reno, Nevada, perhaps most well known is the Moonlite BunnyRanch. In Cathouse: The Musical, Hof reveals that he only dates prostitutes. "I don't date civilians." The documentary series has shown his several relationships with employees, most notably adult film star Sunset Thomas, and in 2009 he got engaged to Heidi Fleiss.
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My short bio: HBO Cathouse star Dennis Hof, owner of seven legal brothels in Nevada, including the World Famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch. Recently published biography written by Judith Regan "The Art of The Pimp" chronicling my life and the Cathouse.
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EDIT : Thank you very much for joining me for my AMA. I loved chatting with you guys. I'll be back to answer more questions later. You can always email me at email@example.com
Does being surrounded by beautiful women ever lose its allure or is it always exciting?
Its always exciting !! I have had an erection for 20 years
What's the craziest request one of your girls had to deny? Craziest that was accepted?
Deny - Was bloodletting , we do not allow bloodletting.
Accepted - This was a 32 girl musical pussy party . When the music stopped he switched partners .
How often do you find sex workers have a troubled past? There seems to be a divide where some people believe sex workers are empowered feminists and some say they're there because of unfortunate events in their past. I'm sure it's a mix, but do you find childhood trauma and abusive relationships to be a common theme with your employees?
We have done surveys of thousands of girls, the percentage is the same as in mainstream society. The difference is the bunnies will talk about it where regular employees will hid it.
What kind of sex based questions do you ask during the interview process?
Do you get an influx of college girls wanting to work over the summer?
We do not ask any sex based questions during the interview process. As for the question on the influx of college girls , the answer is YES !! girls and teachers both
I absolutlley do not I try not to get involved in the hiring process UNLESS its a hot blond 18-24
Of course I get the 100% owners discount as for the amount read the book " The Art of the Pimp
Favorite pornstar now is Sarah Greenmore. Favorite pornstarn ever is girls I have dated Sunny Lane and Sunset Thomas.
The average price is worked out between you and the girls . They work with our budget and it has always worked out for 60 years .
We add new bunnies each and every Wednesday
Howard Stern Story .... Air Force Amy pantsed Bettlejuise's Body Guard on air !
Do you feel that sex work will become generally more acceptable and/or legalized in the US in the future? What does the path towards that look like, to you? As in, what state(s) might be next to legalize some form of prostitution, or at least to decriminalize it?
Yes, I do. Especially in light of the Amnesty International decision to decriminalize sex work world-wide..
The path looks terrible because politicians are hypocritical assholes who don't want to deal with it.
I've watched the show since I was 13 on Hbo. I think it's interesting, not really into it sexually since I'm a straight female. I've wondered if I would ever get picked lol. I was just curious about a few things never mentioned. Do customers need to be hygienic before they get serviced? Is there niche fetishist who come in for special requests? What sort of birth control is being used? Are periods more annoying when losing money is in the mix? Has porn companies recruited girls away or maybe the other way around? Has anyone met husbands or boyfriends while working?
Is the older lady at the store/desk a previous employee? I thought she might have been your wife when you two were young since she fits the MO. Blonde and bubbly. Also... Just an opinion, being called daddy is wierd, why do you like being called daddy.
of course you would get picked every one does.
We recommend the clients take a shower prior to the party but they are also inspected by the girls.
We cater to lots of fetishes here. BDSM is our top .
The birth control is between the girls and their Drs.
The girls use sponges when on their monthly and the clients would never know .
We do not recruit at all . They do, the porn these days is disgusting skank porn in my opinion.
Yes I am a minister and have married numerous girls and customers.
Madam Suzette is my dear best friend and my jokingly "office wife" for the past 23 years, Suzette is the mommy here and I am the daddy here of the Bunny Ranch family thats why they call me daddy.
How do you feel about being labelled a "pimp"?
It depends on who's saying, it, If Sean Hannity or Bill O' Riley say it, there's gonna be a fight. If Snoop Dogg or FlavoFla say it, it means I'm cool. Its all about context.
1) What has been your biggest challenge in making the most recognized brothel in the US successful?
2) Also, what's your favorite sandwich for eating off a naked woman's back?
Nevada's laws against advertising. The laws won't let me buy any radio, television, or newsprint. I do of lots of TV, and radio interviews to circumvent the laws. Social media has incredibly important to our business.
I'm more about desserts, I like a Neapolitan... (Blonde, Brunette, Redhead)
~ Tell 'em we LOVE it, Daddy-D : )
We love you, Kiteh, our Japanese Porn star! Come home soon.
Are the women working at the ranches obligated to see anyone who wants to be with them?
No they can refuse service, but they must be nice to them .
what is the best, and worst story about the ranch you could share with us?
BEST - a 12 girl orgy i was invited to !
WORST - Brooke Phillips who I dated was killed in Oklahoma and she was pregnant, google the story .
Since no one has asked. Is Pimping Easy?
LOL being business partners with 540 hot girls is easy
Has the Bunny Ranch ever had protestors of the Westboro Baptist Church variety?
No, but we have gone places to protest against the Westboro Baptist Church. Fuck them.
What's your favorite part about your job?
Do you have a lot of "regulars"?
Hanging out with hot, open minded girls that don't have sexual hangups.
We have tons of regular clients.
Hi Dennis, I listen to you when you call in to Todd N Tyler, love the segments with you. Do you ever feel bad for the girls that have to sleep with Tyler's 80+ year old father? I know they don't genuinely enjoy it, but they obviously need to pretend to. Do they need any 'talking to' to get them to do that?
No the truth is they love Ed and more girls want to party with him than he could party with
Has Madam Suzette ever had any requests? I think she's wonderfully sexy in her caretaking ways. =)
ALL THE TIME! She won't admit to it but she loves to hear it.
Do any celebrities ever make it to the ranch?
Yes, lots of them. That's why we have blacked out limos, private entrances, and a helicopter pad. If you stay here long enough, you'll meet everybody.
Does your business tend to attract women who legitimately want to go into this line of work as a career choice, or is it more out of desperation ~~for easy cash~~ due to the lower barrier to entry? How do you ensure the women have the mental ~~stability~~ fortitude to work in that environment?
Edit: Wording matters, so switched some up
Its definitely women who want to work. Now keep in mind it is all financially driven . The great thing about the Bunny Ranch is the girls want to be here.
We do numerous prior employment interviews to make sure the girls are able to handle a dorm - type environment .
Is there a career path? Do you promote women from within your industry from sex workers into more senior positions?
Yes we do, but the reality is a working girl makes much more than a typical manager
Thanks for the answer! As a followup, if it were legal in the whole country tomorrow, where would you open your next establishment?
I would close down half the Starbucks in NYC, and open up Mini Bunny Ranches.
Are their any A List movie stars who used to be working ladies at your establishments? I know you won't name names but wondered if any used to work for you.
yes, one in perticular you would be shocked if you knew who it was
What's the security like for any potentially shady customers and also, what sort of checks do you have to run on employees?
We have electric gates , and greeters. And if a customer is drunk or shady we just do not allow them to come in.
For employees , we do background checks on all hired employees and they must be able to obtain sheriff work cards required by our county
Has there ever been a time when your like man I don't feel like being here?
No, no, no, fuck no. Love this place, love my job, love the girls.
Tits or ass?
What precautions do you take to safeguard the privacy of your clients? Are you worried that an Ashley Madison-type leak could ever occur (credit card info, security camera footage, etc)?
An Iron Clad contract and we do not retain any info on clients including credit card numbers, security footage deletes after 48 hrs it is only there for emergencys.
And no since we do not retain personal info in our computers
Are there girls who would deny services to African American or multiracial gentlemen?
Of course, the girls here have a choice. Some are prejudice. But most aren't, and won't deny services based on race.
What if I can arrange a 13 girl orgy and you're the only dude - what's in it for me?
you will be rewarded properly
I worked for you at the Love Ranch driving the limo. Emory didn't pay squat but I got to meet some interesting people. Ever consider paying your drivers more?
we are paying in an entirely different way now
What kind of range of ethnicities/body types/ages etc do you get applying for work? And what kind of range do you hire?
We have girls that are 18 to 50 all sizes shapes and colors. A car dealership would say "there is an ass for every seat."
Do you "use" the girls working for you yourself? If so, do you pay?
I only date working girls, I never bang civilian chicks ... and no i do not pay
How has working in this industry changed or affected your view of women?
I like women a lot more, in fact I love them, and I find I like mess less.
What policies do you have in place to keep your customers safe from STDS if any?
Since 1981, every working girl is tested every week. Because of that we see no problems at all.
Cathouse is one of the reasons I got HBO. Were the girls or the staff at first, nervous or apprehensive about being documented so honestly about what they do?
Do you have different girls than on the show to cater to tastes, such as more women of color, or of different sizes and shapes?
Yes, they were, but we tell them, don't try to be an actress, be yourself, that's what works.
Yes, absolutely. We have all types of women working at the brothels, from 18-50s, thin, thick, all types of sizes shapes and colors.
Have you ever considered an all male brothel?
yes Heidi Fleiss the Hollywood madam wants to do one with me . If you can fake an erection call me .
How did you get into this business?
I slept with the right girl who worked here. Then I met Andy Kauffman who talked me into buying the ranch
What's the craziest thing that's ever happened at the ranch?
Ever hear from Air Force Amy anymore? She's a wild one
Any new seasons of Cathouse coming up? Fucking love you, man.
Airforce Amy is still bangin' away, she's available for you.
We are re-negotiating with HBO now for new seasons.
With most of the prostitution industry being illegal, how do you compete in that arena? What do you offer your customers that the illegals can't?
We have girls without STDs that will not steal your watch or credit card info. Also they will not ruin your life by calling your wife .
We offer Privacy, Discretion, and no STDs thats priceless
How did the HBO deal come about?
Met with Sheila Nevins and sold her on the concept of Cathouse . The first show in 2002 was the highest rated non fiction show they had ever had.
How do you keep paparazzi from photographing celebrities as they arrive / leave your establishment?
They are all my friends, including National Enquirer and TMZ. We tell them who they can photograph and who they can't. If they don't respect that, they are banned.
How many porn actresses have worked in your brothels, and how many brothels do you want to eventually own?
at last count we had 600 porn girls , and I may buy one more in Nevada or perhaps London or Paris
Do you have a son to pass this all down to when you croak?
yes a 14 year old @dominohof my border collie
What's your favorite food?
Asian, after thinking for a moment I'd say thighs and breasts are my favorite for eating
What do you do on your down time when not with the ladies?
Hang out with the girls some more! Why would I ever want to do anything else?
What do you think it will take to get the stigma with prostitution to go away? Obviously legalization is a first step, but will people ever get over it you think?
The HBO show really changed everything and the quality of the girls has sky rocketed since our first show. The stigma is less and less every year due to the quality of girls .
If you wouldn't work in the sex industry, what would you do by now?
Has working with so many women changed your behaviour towards other women outside of your brothel?
Id probably still be developing real estate projects but I finally found something legit to do ... the sex business.
And yes I have more respect for working girls for working girls and less respect for phony civilian girls .
Next question if you don't mind. Do Pimps Cry?
Thank you for entertaining my questions by the way. I've had a lot of shenanigans all over Nevada, but I've never made it to your establishments. It seems like an amusing weekend waiting to happen.
As soon as I meet one, I'll ask him. If you're referring to me, absolutely. I've came so hard it made me cry, a good blowjob will do that to you.
How would you like to see legal status expanded in this nation?
Btw what do you think of the Germany model?
Legalization is the only way to curtail the epidemic of sex trafficking in America !!! The Germans just like Mercedes have it absolutely right , except the girls need to have their identification checked by the polices dept. to stop the eastern block mafia sex traffickers.
Being that your in the sex industry, what is your ultimate fantasy?
to die in a 8 girl orgy at a hundred and sixteen !!
How to date is the performer list on your site? I saw a listing for someone that I heard isn't working anymore (a couple of years ago) but I still see her listed.
We have 540 women that come in and out, we leave the photos on the site until they tell us they're 100% not coming back.
I have a really serious opinion and question and I really want to read your thoughts on them. You and I both know sex trafficking is a huge blot on the profession of sex work every time you hear about it in the media sex work and sex trafficking is always put together and I believe that is a conspiracy to keep the profession of sex work as illegal and evil. my question is twofold, what do you think about media linking of sex work and sex trafficking? And what do you think can be done to improve the look of sex work?
There is a gigantic difference between sex work and sex trafficking and the only way i know to change that is to realize the business. That being said sex trafficing is in epidemic proportions in america there is over 300 girls between 11-16 being trafficked in Las Vegas at any given time .
If you take sex work out of the criminals and make it legal , licensed and taxed .
Without naming names, has there ever been any high level politician (currently working or retired) that came to the ranch?
yes yes yes yes !!!! Right to the top of the political food chain
How often do females come in looking for lesbian sex?
when i bought the Bunny Ranch I took down the sign that said men only and now 12-14 % of our business is single women or couples
Do you have kids? how did you explain to them what you did for a living?
I have two daughters whom I disowned 23 years ago. The details are outlined in my book, The Art of The Pimp by Judith Regan.
Who is your favorite bunny?? I bet it's Cassidy from San Diego! Isn't she the sweetest?? I heard she is back in town!! ;D hehe. Miss you daddy d!!
love you baby , when are we gonna do a threesome ??
is she back at the bunnyranch now? if not when
I'm scared to Google bloodletting.
whatever you and i think is kinky is nothing comaoered to some and I have done a lot omfg a bunch of crazy and someone trumps me daily
Follow up question: Where would this place be situated preferably?
Bonder-ville, Nevada. lol Still thinking about that, could be by our Carson City Brothels, our Crystal, Nevada locations.
Have you ever fallen for the girls that work at your ranch? Have you ever made on a girlfriend?
yes more than i can count . And yes I have made more than one a girlfriend as well .
Can you tell us about a time a customer got out of line with a girl while in her room? What happens and how do you ensure the girls safety when they are alone in the room with the guy?
Knock on wood it has never happened, and the reason is we have a locked fence around the property so it is hard to get out. We also have panic buttons in all of the rooms , when those go off 40 girls are dispatched with high heels in hand ! And no one wants to be in jail in Nevada, and have to call their wife .
Can you explain more about how advertising laws made you turn to social media to advertise the ranch? How successful has that been for you?
Legally i can not buy any tv , radio or newsprint. There are no limits on social media and we push all from of social media, twitter, Facebook, Ustream, podcast and our famous message board .
Does your business ever offer special sales? - I understand the girls set there own prices, i'm asking do you lower your cut of the profits to drive business in?
Also what's your must busy times of the year.
We have flash sales for seniors, military and husbands.
The busiest months are July - October, that being said, we only do 10-15% more in those months than the other times in the year.
Any of those guys still alive? Did you have to sign NDAs?
Yes, some are still alive, but its a common occurrence. No NDAs were signed. We're got 60 years of privacy and discretion, no one questions us anymore.
When are you coming back on the Mike O'Meara show? Always my favorite guest!
You know what out of sight, out of mind . Contact mike and we will too. And thanks so much for the compliment. Don and Mike was one of my favorite shows to do ever .
our oldest client is 94 , if i had to pick a number it is probably early 40's
Those sites do not effect us, what people want are privacy , STDs, discretion , no pregnancy and not stage 5 clingers
what do you think is in the future for brothels?
We have to have legalization to curb the sex trafficking in the US, I look at it just like liquor, during alcohol prohibition the gangsters made money. Now the liquor industry pays 6 billion in federal taxes. The sex business will be the same way.
Do you think they'll ever be able to arrest the owner of Mustang?
No, as long as he stays in Brazil, he had a kid with a Brazilian girl, made him un-extraditable.
keep us updated via Twitter on the new seasons, thanks for answering my question
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas, because the house is full of girls and its a really fun time.
Does Domino ever wear water shoes?
No, but Border Collies hate water, and I trained him at a young age to swim and he LOVES it.
dont you think some with a troubled past might just lie about it because they dont wanna talk about it or think (mistakenly or not) that it might hurt their chances of getting hired?
Yes of course but this things come out real quick, its a sex dorm there are no secrets and if we see a problem we help them
>The top of the political food chain
I want to tell you so bad , but my business is built on privacy and discresion
Yep, that had to be Bill.
Only higher I can think of is, like, the Queen and I'm sure Elizabeth isn't banging at the ranch.
the national inquirer had a photo with two bunnies and bill. I love bill he's a rockstar
Hello Hof,My question is awhile back you where looking for a quality control person to "test" the girls at your various brothels and report on there performance. How did the posses go to pick the right person and how is that person liking the job?
We hired ten people and seven of them have been outed, the other three are having the time of their life. Next time you're at the ranch, let me grab you a drink and well talk about it!
I'm a local and have been to the bunny ranch a few times for some of the swag. I still get dirty looks when I wear the shirts. Great business there! I'm sure most people would change their negative view once they stepped in the doors and saw the atmosphere.
Your so so so right, remind me of this so I can buy a drink or a new shirt
What happens when someone hassles the Hof?
I ma a nice guy people dont hassle me EVER. Keep in mind everybody in NV is armed
Like THE Andy Kauffman? Wow. I'm sure those were some fun times.
The first night I came to the Bunny Ranch I was visiting a girl i was dating, Andy Kauffman and Bob Zmuda came in. Andy could not pick a girl because he didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. He finally told two girls, he wanted them to wrestle them, then they could wrestle him in the finals. He told all the other women he would party with them in the next week and kept his promise. All of this is documented in movie "The Man in the Moon" and Bob's multiple books.
what would you say to the people who criticize amnesty's decision?
They're ignorant and don't have a clue what needs to be done for the safety/industry. They live in their giant houses in Bel Aire and don't understand what's going on in L.A.
Nice. You have the best job in the world I think.
Absolutely, no matter how good a guy's job is, how much he makes, my job is better.