The long-running game show The Newlywed
Game will feature its first gay couple this season.
George Takei and husband Brad Altman
will appear on a celebrity edition of the game show, now on the GSN
cable network, the AP reported.
Takei played Mr. Sulu on the original
television series of Star Trek.
After 21 years together, the couple
married last September in Los Angeles during the June-to-November
“summer of love” when gay and lesbian couples were allowed to
legally marry in California. Voters approved a gay marriage ban in
November, but couples who tied the knot before its passage remain
“What we want is to display the
normality and the joy of having a happy union,” Takei told the news
Newlywed premiered in 1966 with
host Bob Eubanks asking newly-married couples revealing questions
about their relationships. Eubanks turned “making whoopee” into
his signature catch-phrase during his long tenure on the show.
Singer Carnie Wilson took over hosting
duties for the show when it returned last year. She says she has
been pushing for an all-gay edition of the show.
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