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Journalist Reveals He Writes Jokes for George Takei, Apologizes

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Star Trek star George Takei is one of the funnier celebrities on Facebook. But he's had some help in making his followers laugh.

Recently, journalist Rick Polito stated to the media-themed website JimRomenesko.com that he's written jokes for Takei's Facebook page, earning $10 per submission.

The 76-year-old Takei subsequently clarified to Wired.com, "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.” He added that all "commentaries" on his page come directly from him.

Polito is now apologizing for publicly discussing his association with Takei. He told JimRomenesko.com on Wednesday, “I wrote an apology to George and Brad and their guy said he’d pass it on. 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 also noted, “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.”

Takei, who played Sulu in the 1960s Star Trek series and in six Star Trek movies, has more than 4.1 million followers on Facebook.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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