George Takei Facebook Ghost Writer Apologizes for Revealing That Star Trek Icon Doesn't Post All His Own Material

Rick Polito tells Romanesko that he has apologized to George and his husband Brad for letting it be known that others contribute content to the site

By Natalie Finn Jun 13, 2013 2:58 AMTags
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In light of the stricken response when fans found out that George Takei wasn't steering his Facebook ship all by himself, Rick Polito apparently figured that he owed Mr. Sulu an apology.

Polito, who said in an interview with last week that he was a $10-a-pop joke writer for Takei's very popular Facebook page, told the site today in a follow-up email that he had sent an apology to Takei and his husband Brad and a rep for the couple had said he would pass on the message.

"I just said that I'd been looking for any mention of my book I could get and that I hadn't meant to expose anything," the Dark Shift writer told Romanesko.

"I don't update his page," he added. "I've had no direct contact with George. I've sent him some memes, as have other comedian types and I was happy for the exposure."

Takei, who has nearly 4.2 million "likes" on his colorful page, handled the reveal with his usual aplomb, having already written in his 2012 memoir, Oh Myy, that other people, aka "George Fakei," contribute to his page.

"What is this hoo-ha about my FB posts?" Takei emailed Wired after Polito spilled the beans. "I have Brad, my husband, to help me and interns to assist. What is important is the reliability of my posts being there to greet my fans with a smile or a giggle every morning. That's how we keep on growing."

How enterprising!