Mike Parry believes Hugh Hefner will be remembered as a publishing revolutionary, but claims he was held back by his morals.
Hefner, the founder of Playboy, has passed away at the age of 91. Playboy Enterprises Inc said that he died peacefully of natural causes at home in Los Angeles.
Parry, star of The Two Mikes, told Jon Holmes "I think he’ll be remembered as a publishing revolutionary" and the Playboy legacy "lasted probably 50, 60 years and that really will make him a legendary figure."
He believes "he was a great marketing man - but he was held back by his own sort of moral stance.
Parry also suggested that Hefner was uncomfortable with some of Playboy's ultra-liberal ideas, but businessman Victor Lownes became a driving force for many of the company's distinctive features, including the Playboy Clubs.
Parry praised Hefner for sticking "to the principle that this is a men’s magazine, it’s about men's interests" including things like cars and gambling, unlike the magazine Penthouse.
He added: "I always thought [bunny clubs] were very elegant, very very well run. No hint of seediness in them, there was a strict policy that if you bothered any of the girls at all you were ejected immediately."
Listen to the full interview above