Hugh Hefner and Reality TV

I guess if he gave any thought to this at all, Hugh Hefner would most likely think it’s weird that I’m sitting here at 3 a.m. in my pajamas pounding out a blog post for my millions thousands handful of daily readers. After all, Hef sits around all day in a bathrobe, surrounded by beautiful women some 60 years his junior, overseeing a publishing empire that I expect is worth millions.

Still, the latest story about Hef strikes me as more than a little weird.

In case you have been spending all your time waiting for a tweet from Anthony Weiner and missed the news, Hef and his fiance, Crystal Harris, have called off their nuptials scheduled for this weekend and slated to be filmed for broadcast on the TV network Lifetime. OK. To take the advice of the great American philosopher Forrest Gump: shit happens.

Still, here’s where the Hef story takes somewhat of a strange turn. The New York Post reported yesterday — and Jonathan Capehart opined about it in WaPo — that Crystal planned to ditch Hef at the alter in front of the TV crew and sell an exclusive interview for $500,000. I report. You decide.

Here’s from the New York Post article:

Hugh Hefner‘s wedding to Crystal Harris was called off after she secretly planned to ditch the Playboy mogul at the altar in return for a $500,000 media deal, Page Six has exclusively learned.

Harris, 25, was shopping for a big-bucks deal to tell all after she ditched hapless Hef, 85, in front of 300 guests at their wedding at the Playboy Mansion on Saturday, to be filmed for a Lifetime TV special.

Yesterday it emerged that the pair had called off the wedding following an argument on Sunday, and the blond bride-no-longer-to-be immediately moved out of the mansion.

Harris had reportedly been secretly seeing Dr. Phil McGraw‘s son, Jordan, for months behind Hef’s back. Jordan is her songwriting partner, and they were seen cozying up at the Chateau Marmont in March.

A source told us, “Crystal wanted to ditch Hef at the altar. Her plan was to walk up the aisle and say she couldn’t go through with it. The wedding was to be filmed for a reality special, and her refusal to marry him would be a sensation. She was looking for a tie-in deal of around $500,000 for the exclusive ‘I ditched Hef at the altar’ interview. While there was interest, Crystal didn’t get an offer anywhere near half a million.”

The former Playmate started dating Hefner in January 2009, and they got engaged last December. It is not known if the Sunday argument was sparked by Hef finding out about her plan to humiliate him. But Harris’ manager, Michael Blakey, told us reports about her cheating with Jordan were “absolutely incorrect” and “total fiction.”

Of her plan to ditch Hef in return for a lucrative media deal, Blakey said that was “not true, to my knowledge.” He said of their split: “I have no idea what happened. All I know is that it was an amicable breakup.”

The cancellation is unfortunate timing for Playboy: Its July issue hits newsstands Friday, with Crystal on the cover. The coverline, according to sources, is “America’s Princess: Introducing Mrs. Crystal Hefner.”

This is interesting in kind of a bizarre way. But I’ll admit it. I wouldn’t have watched the wedding — or not — and any subsequent interviews.

Saying that, I wonder if any of the reality TV producers tried to film the conversation between Congressman Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, who returned to DC yesterday following a trip to Africa with her boss Hillary Clinton.

Now that would be interesting.

Just sayin’.


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