Takei Joins Howard Stern On Satellite RadioBy Michelle
January 9, 2006 - 8:38 PM
On his first day broadcasting an uncensored satellite radio show, controversial radio personality Howard Stern introduced George Takei (Sulu) as his new on-air announcer.
Shock jock Stern, who made his debut on Sirius Satellite Radio on Monday, will have Takei record segments for the show after this first week but will not have Takei regularly in the studio, reported MSNBC. "The revolution has begun," said the actor, referring to the expansion of satellite radio.
Takei revealed his homosexual orientation last year to protest California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to veto a bill that would have allowed gay marriage in the state. He said he finally felt comfortable discussing his sexuality in public. "The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay," he explained. Yahoo! reported that Stern interviewed Takei about his early sexual experiences.
Stern also accused his former employers of cowardice when it came to taking on political issues like obscenity. "They never fought back," he said. "They bow, and they deserve to be destroyed." Though his new contract is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and he brought millions of listeners to subscription satellite radio, Stern had often been in trouble with the FCC and had his show pulled from several Clear Channel stations last year.
Stern has promised Sirius a cutting-edge show with strippers, live on-air sex and lewd talk. During the first show, in addition to the conversation with Takei, he discussed phone sex with a Playboy bunny, used expletives banned from commercial broadcast in the US and described his own sex life with his girlfriend.
Yahoo! has a photo of Takei recording on Stern's show.