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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Dumped by Crystal Harris, Playboy’s Hugh Hefner picks up pieces and sells them to Lifetime

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris (Matt Sayles - AP)
The canceled Lifetime network special in which Playboy bunny Crystal Harris was going to tie the knot with Hugh Hefner is back on again, only now with a “runaway bride” theme.

This according to a tweet from Hef himself, and if you can’t trust Hugh Hefner, who can you trust. No word from Lifetime, but we’ll keep you posted.

“The marriage special planned for Lifetime TV is now going to have a “runaway bride” theme & will air in July,” Hef tweeted.

Last week ago the chicks-in- network canceled plans to telecast “Marrying Hef,” because Playboy bunny Crystal Harris had extricated herself from having to marry Hugh Hefner and was therefore no longer in peril.

The two-hour special had been scheduled to debut on July 13. Lifetime was granted exclusive access to the final weeks leading to the wedding ceremony in front of a few hundred of the couple’s closest friend at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.

Hef and Crystal — who is so much younger than Hef, the age gap could compete as a “golden oldie” on Discovery Fit and Health’s “Are you Fitter Than a Senior?” — were supposed to wed last weekend.

But Crystal ran out of ways to capitalizing on their union — their courtship had played out on E! network’s Playboy reality series “Girls Next Door,” she plugged her new Crystal Harris Age Gap Cheat Sheet iPhone App on Will Ferrell’s comedy video Web site Funny or Die, AND she is on the cover of the Playboy magazine issue hitting newsstands Friday in which she is crowned “America’s Princess” – leaving the poor girl no earthly reason to go through with the actual wedding.

Things did not look good for our hero. But he rose to the occasion: Hef tweeted that he was planning to watch “Runaway Bride” instead over what was to have been his wedding weekend. He slapped a “Runaway Bride” sticker on the all the covers of those Playboy issues. And, so he says, he sold Lifetime on the idea of salvaging all that footage with a Runaway Bride-themed non-wedding special.

And that, pookies, is how you make life’s TV lemons into lemonade.

By  |  09:05 AM ET, 06/22/2011

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