Kendra Wilkinson's Dad: I've Wanted to Shake Hugh Hefner's Hand and Thank Him

The former centerfold invites her dad to meet her ex-boyfriend and mentor at the Playboy Mansion's Midsummer Night's Dream Party

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It’s not a sentiment every father would have, but Kendra Wilkinson‘s dad Eric is utterly grateful to Hugh Hefner for taking in his daughter.

“When I wasn’t there, he was the guy that was taking care of you,” Eric says in an exclusive sneak peek at Friday’s Kendra on Top.

Kendra and Eric reconciled last season after spending decades apart. “It’s crazy how things come full circle,” Kendra says in the clip after inviting her dad and his new fiancée Amy to the Playboy Mansion’s famous Midsummer Night’s Dream party, which she calls the “coolest, most glamorous” Playboy event of the year.

“The party is secondary to me,” Eric says. “I couldn’t imagine going without you guys, and the fact that we get a chance to bond together, it’s really really important to me.”

“My dad missed a lot of things in my life like holidays, birthdays, my wedding, the birth of my kids,” admits Kendra, 30. “But now that he’s back in my life, he means the world to me and more.”

Kendra admitted last season that going through a rough patch with husband Hank Baskett, 32, inspired her to reconnect with her dad.

“If it wasn’t for this mess with Hank, I would have never had the courage and the strength to go to my dad. I hadn’t seen him in 20 years, but I had no fear anymore,” she said last season. “And I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I am so excited that I did that for myself as a human being.”

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Kendra on Top

airs Fridays (9 p.m. ET) on WEtv.

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