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November 12, 2008 04:10 PM

There are no hard feelings between Hugh Hefner and NFL star Hank Baskett, who is engaged to Hef’s onetime gal pal, Playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson.

“Hef is like a father to her so he’s going to be the one to give her away,” Baskett told an ABC affiliate in Philadelphia Tuesday. “That’s why I wanted his blessings and her mom’s blessing.”

Hefner, who starred with Wilkinson in the reality show The Girls Next Door, broke the news of Wilkinson’s engagement to the Philadelphia Eagles player earlier this month.

Baskett complimented his bride-to-be for her compassion, saying, “Kendra has one of the biggest hearts and that’s one of the things that really drew me to her.”

As for what keeps them together, “Both of us like to stay home and wear sweats [more] than go out and party,” says Baskett. “Ever since I met her, this is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. And every day she does something else that makes me fall in love with her.”

The couple plan to wed at the Playboy mansion in June.

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