Reality star and former Playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson has been on TV steadily since 2005. The now 30-year-old and mother-of-two started on the air waves as one of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends in the reality show Girls Next Door, along with Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt. The docu-series aired on E!
Wilkinson then shifted and landed her own reality show on WE tv entitled Kendra on Top. Wilkinson married Hank Baskett and the two had a little one. The family is the focus of the series, and the drama of Kendra’s real life has taken center stage, including the rough patch that she and Hank went through in their marriage, which Us Weekly reports has now been mended.
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The show is now in its fifth season and Kendra has shared that she has no intention to disappear from in front of the camera anytime soon. The star spoke with the Hollywood Reporter on the subject of making it as a reality star and shared her thoughts about the possible sale of her former home.
Kendra first chatted about why she wasn’t all for the initial TV series she was involved in, noting that it was too happy and not actually the full experience of what it was like behind the doors of the Playboy Mansion.
“Girls Next Door was all rainbows and cupcakes. Hef never wanted any drama, which I was very much for. I got in big fights at the time with my producer, because it was too happy-go-lucky. I wanted it to show some of the things that were really happening, but I didn’t want to do anything that would disrespect Hef. He’s a guy who wants everything positive, or he ain’t going to do it.”
Enter Kendra on Top, her own reality show that truly showcased the everyday ups and downs of the blonde beauty’s life. Kendra on Top was also initially aired by E! and this relationship continued for a full four seasons, after which E! dropped the show and WE tv picked it up for Season 5. Kendra speaks of her gratitude for having the ability to continue on in front of the cameras, and shares that she’s not even close to being ready for the experience on camera to be over.
“I felt like I became who I wanted to be and tell my story in a real way. I got married. I had my son. I thought it was over when E! pulled the plug, which they did in a very nice way, but WE picked me back up to continue to the story. I’m thankful, because I wasn’t done. I don’t think I’ll ever be done.”
In regard to the star admitting her love for being in the spotlight and having her own show, Kendra even brings her spiritual side into her explanation on the matter.
“I want the cameras to follow me until the day I die. I believe God put me here to do what I’m doing. I’m kind of spiritual about it in a way.”
— Kendra Wilkinson (@KendraWilkinson) April 1, 2016
As noted, the place that Kendra got her start in the spotlight is soon to be no more when the Playboy Mansion is put up for sale. Wilkinson shares how sad she is at the thought of the Playboy era coming to an end and notes that she had really wished to be able to continue to visit and keep it a part of her life for years to come.
“It’s not what Hef really wants, but it’s what has to happen. I hate to see that empire come to an end. It sucks. A lot of kids grow up there. It’s a family-oriented place 361 days out of the year. I hoped to see my kids grow up there, go swim every weekend, but it’s all coming to an end. It’s time to say goodbye.”
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