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'Newlywed Game': The first gay couple will be...'Star Trek' star George Takei and hubby Brad Altman!

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george-takei-altman_lThat’s right, the Associated Press reports that Mr. Sulu himself, George Takei, will boldly go where no gay man has gone before: The Newlywed Game. An upcoming celebrity edition of the venerable game show (now on GSN) will feature the Star Trek legend and gay-rights activist answering blush-worthy questions with his partner of 22 years, Brad Altman. While no fewer than five iterations of The Newlywed Game have been on the air since the show premiered in 1967, none has ever featured a same-sex couple — presumably due to a show rule allowing only couples with legal marriage licenses. But Takei and Altman were married last September in Los Angeles, granting them all the same benefits as a traditional couple, including the right to mildly humiliate yourself by dishing about “making whoopee” on national television.

Anybody else excited to watch this?

Fun fact: Takei and Altman aren’t actually the first same-sex couple to play The Newlywed Game on TV— they’re just the first couple to appear on the show itself. Don’t believe me? Check out the Ellen clip from March of this year after the jump to watch Ms. DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, try their own luck at the game. And yes, they do talk about whoopee…Whoopi Goldberg, that is.