In a recent interview, comedy writer Rick Polito more or less accidentally revealed that he was the man behind many of the jokes on “Star Trek” star George Takei’s Facebook page. He’s apologized for spilling the beans since.
If Takei was a regular guy or even a “regular” celebrity, this wouldn’t have meant much, but he has over 4.18 million followers and his comments and jokes often go viral. Well, at least, what was thought were his jokes.
Polito said he sells each joke for a meager $10 (€7.48) but the collaboration is still a great deal to him because of the exposure.
He’s now sorry to have revealed this secret to Takei’s fans, many of whom were outraged to hear his Facebook account wasn’t as personal as they thought.
“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,” Polito says in a statement cited by THR, in which he explains that he sent Takei a letter with his apology.
“I don’t update his page. 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,” he adds.