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Angel Porrino takes over Bo Peep in ‘Peepshow’ from Oct. 22-Dec. 2

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Holly Madison, Angel Porrino and Josh Strickland at Gallery Nightclub in Planet Hollywood on May 14, 2011, for Porrino’s 22nd birthday.

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Reality TV star and Las Vegas darling Holly Madison’s one-time assistant Angel Porrino, who also has graced the pages of Playboy, is about to step into her former boss’s high-heeled shoes as Bo Peep in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood. Angel, who starred with Holly in “Holly’s World,” starts Oct. 22 and will perform through Dec. 2.

Rapper and actor Ice-T’s curvy and buxom wife Coco, aka Nicole Austin, takes over as Bo Peep starting Dec. 3 and continues through March, when it’s likely that another guest star will be added. I am talking with Coco today, and we’ll post that interview Wednesday.

Angel, who has been a tap-dancing topless weather balloon girl in “Absinthe” across the Strip at Caesars Palace, said: “I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to join such an amazing pool of talented performers in ‘Peepshow.’ This will be an incredible experience, and I cannot thank ‘Peepshow’ enough for making my dreams come true.”

This morning’s announcement caught everybody by surprise. It had been rumored that Angel, who has been Holly’s understudy and replacement during the run when Holly went on holidays, would take over full time. Those racy rumors were quashed when BASE Entertainment producers announced guest stars who would replace Hugh Hefner’s ex-platinum blonde pinup girlfriend.

However, negotiations stalled until the first guest star, Coco, was signed to start in December. Then Holly moved up her departure due to her pregnancy, and Angel, who had been blocked from the full-time slot, was brought in to fill the gap until Coco’s arrival. Ah, the intrigue of showbiz behind the scenes!

Holly goes on maternity leave but has said she wants to return to entertainment endeavors next year -- in a new Strip production, rejoining “Peepshow” or a Hollywood TV project.

She has 10 shows remaining and told me: “I have so many wonderful memories and great experiences from this. I am so happy I moved to Las Vegas. It’s all been a life-changer for me, and I’m so happy about everything.”

Holly and boyfriend Insomniac head honcho Pasquale Rotella, the founder of the Electric Daisy Carnival, are expecting their first baby in February. They have not announced any wedding plans, and Holly told me in an interview in July that having a family was more important to her than a wedding ceremony.

“Peepshow” was conceived and created by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (“Legally Blonde,” “Hairspray”). He first selected Kelly Monaco, now appearing on the all-star season of “Dancing With the Stars,” which she won in Season 1, for the Bo Peep role.

Holly followed Kelly and has starred in “Peepshow” for nearly four years and will have performed more than 1,000 shows by the time she departs next week.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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