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Hugh Hefner's wedding may be off, but the TV special about it is still happening -- with a few tweaks.
The Playboy founder, 85, was set to marry his girlfriend, Crystal Harris, 25, on June 18, with cameras rolling. TV producers planned to edit the footage into a Lifetime TV special about the nuptials (Hefner's third time down the aisle). But on June 14, Hef notified his fans that the wedding was canceled. "Crystal has had a change of heart," he tweeted. So it seemed obvious that the TV special, too, would be nixed. But not so fast.
Late on Tuesday, Hef took to Twitter again, delivering the news that the TV show would in fact go on. "The marriage special planned for Lifetime TV is now going to have a 'runaway bride' theme & will air in July," Hefner wrote.
What will such a show look like? He hasn't given details, and Lifetime hasn't confirmed the plan. But some of his former girlfriends, Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson, will make appearances. "Holly & Kendra [the stars of E!'s reality show The Girls Next Door] were here today lending their emotional support as we shot for the Lifetime TV special," he said. And no doubt we'll see footage of Hef ordering those "runaway bride" stickers that have been placed over his fiancee's photo on the July issue of Playboy.
He has also said that he spent his would-be wedding night watching the 1999 movie, Runaway Bride. If cameras weren't there to capture that scintillating footage, it would be easy enough to recreate it.
And of course there's the buxom blond who was waiting in the wings. (Isn't there's always another buxom blond waiting in the wings?) No doubt Anna Sophia Berglund will be featured in the TV special. He described her as "the one who helped me survive this past week." At the rate they're going, maybe there will be a televised wedding for Hef after all!