EXCLUSIVE: Newlywed Game Adding Same-Sex Celeb Couples
The Game Show Network’s Newlywed Game will make history this year--by adding same-sex celebrity pairs to their format.
The network is in the midst of producing special Celebrity Newlywed Game episodes, one of which will feature the first gay contestants ever: George Takei (Sulu from the original Star Trek series) and longtime partner Brad Altman.
The duo married in September 2008 in Los Angeles, Ca., just before the state's Proposition 8 approval banned same-sex marriage.
While Takei and Altman will mark the groundbreaking game show moment, they weren't the first asked. GSN approached Ellen DeGeneres and her partner Portia de Rossi to participate, the blondes turning down the offer as they did their own version on Ellen's talk show in March of '08.
Other celebrity couples featured in upcoming episodes this year will include, first America’s Next Top Model winner Adrienne Curry and Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight, Bachelor Bob Guiney and All My Children actress Rebecca Budig as well as Baywatch babe Brande Roderick and former NFL linebacker Glenn Cadrez.
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The Takei episode will be taped next week and air in November. A newlywed couple is defined by having been married in the past four years. The show is hosted by Carnie Wilson.