By Lanford Beard
Updated December 16, 2011 at 05:40 PM EST

In a recent interview with E!, Hugh Hefner discussed his initial ambivalence about Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy pictorial. The mogul explained that his Chicago editors suggested reaching out to Lohan, which “really came as a surprise to me.” He admitted he had “kind of mixed emotions about it initially.” Perhaps alluding to Lohan’s bumpy track record with court and rehab, he said, “I wasn’t sure where she was at in her life, obviously.” What else did Hefner say about Lohan’s shoot? See the full video below.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Do you think Hefner was right to push past his reservations and tap Lohan as a Playboy cover girl?

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