Saying "no" initially doesn't mean they'll give up and leave you alone, George Takei
found out when it came to The Howard Stern Show
As reported at Title, his first appearance on Howard Stern's radio show as a real eye-opener for Takei. "I was doing a play in New York, in 1990 I think, and when you are doing a play they arrange daily interviews, and on a particular morning my assignment was to go to this radio station on Madison avenue," explained Takei. "So I went there. At that time, I didn't know Howard Stern from Adam. So I am in the guest waiting room, and the radio was on and it was the grossest and most disgusting conversation. And I said to the guy next to me, 'Why don't they get some nice music in here?' He said, 'That is the show you are going on.'"
But more surprises were in store for Takei. "I walked into the studio, and there is this wild, skinny guy," said Takei. "We exchanged salutations, and then he said, 'Oh, you have a deep voice. Anyone with a voice like that must have a big dong.' I stared at him and said, ďAre we on the air?"
It was the beginning of Takei's association with the show, although at first, he had no intention of ever returning. "I realized eventually that a lot of people were listening to his show," said Takei. "But it wasnít my cup of tea. I told my agent I would not wish to do that anymore."
Takei did not realize how big a fan his partner Brad was until Takei was offered the job of official announcer on the Stern show. "When I told Brad that I was offered this," said Takei, "he got all excited and said that I had to do it. So Iím looking at Brad saying, 'I thought I knew you Brad.' So I did the show for him."
Takei was no stranger to lewd humor though. At the roast for William Shatner hosted by Comedy Central, Takei tore into his former co-worker. "In the past we had conversations about his hobby, about him trying to get all the lines and close-ups," explained Takei, "but I was finally able to take my shots at him at this thing and really let it out. Over all the years, he really could just not pronounce my name right. Everyone else could, but not him. But after the roast, he is getting the name correct now. I could not get it into his noggin then, but I got it onto his noggin now. It is George Takei, just think of it as 'toupee.'"
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