Kendra Wilkinson Wishes Hugh Hefner Happy Birthday: Thanks For Everything!

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Kendra Wilkinson is not the type of celebrity to forget her roots. 

After becoming a hit with viewers as one of Hugh Hefner's three girlfriends on The Girls Next Door, the reality TV star took to Instagram to wish Hefner a happy birthday, while thanking him for being the person to get her to where she is today. 

Kendra Wilkinson and Hugh Hefner Together

“Happy birthday Hef!!” the former centerfold wrote.

“Thank you for EVERYTHING. People might not understand you, but that's because they've never had the chance to know you like I do. I'll celebrate you forever!!!”

It shows that although she has moved on with her life, she still recognizes that Hefner was instrumental in making her the Z-lister she is today. 

Being a Z-lister is not entirely a bad thing. I mean, Kendra succeeded The Girls Next Door with two more reality series: Kendra (2009-2011) and Kendra On Top (2012- Present). 

Kendra Wilkinson Up Close

She has appeared on WWE Raw and Dancing With the Stars, making it to week seven on the latter. 

To this day, Kendra still thinks highly of Hefner, branding him "family" and an "angel."

Kenya departed the Playboy Mansion in 2009 to move in with her husband, Hank Baskett. 

Kendra and Hank in Houston

However, her relationship has been anything but smooth. In fact, it's been pretty bizarre from the get-go.

Hank cheated on Kendra, but she somehow managed to turn it into a thrilling storyline for her reality series. 

Yes, we get it, reality TV is meant to be real, but Kenya takes things to extremes. 

A mere few days ago, Wilkinson was going on about the prospect of adding another child to her brood but seemed to think it was all about her. 

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Kendra Wilkinson Biography

The Girls Next Door
Kendra Wilkinson was a star on The Girls Next Door. But she left that show, along with Hugh Hefner, in 2008. From there, Kendra met and... More »
San Diego, California
Full Name
Kendra Leigh Wilkinson