The Newlywed Game Goes Gay With George Takei and Hubby
Though they've been together for over 22 years, George Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, qualify as newlyweds after taking the plunge during the window of legality in California last summer. As such, it's been announced the happy couple will be the first same-sex couple to appear on the official Newlywed Game, where the former Star Trek actor said, "What we want is to display the normality and the joy of having a happy union."
The show originally came to television in 1967, but Carnie Wilson hosts the current incarnation, now in its second season on the Game Show Network. Host Wilson is hoping an all-gay episode will follow soon, but for now, Takei and Altman have yet to film their episode. GSN hopes the special episode will be ready to air sometime in October. Wilson said, "It's needed at this point. To me, this is not anything political. This is not a political statement. This show has always been about couples and how well they know each other."
Takei is mindful of his responsibilities to prepare for the show. He joked he's been paying extra attention to what his mate orders when they go out to eat and wears around the house for the hard-hitting questions. In all seriousness, Takei shared, "To be included in something we never felt we'd be included in is very satisfying."
Other celebrities scheduled to appear on the game show with their mates include Davy Jones of the Monkees, Christopher Knight of The Brady Bunch, and Jonny Fairplay from Survivor.
Tell us: Will you watch Takei and his husband on their Newlywed Game appearance? What classic shows from your past would you like to see benefit from gay inclusion?
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