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“I wrote the Kirk/Spock relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really,” Roddenberry said in a letter recently uncovered at CBS Studios. “For reasons that have very little to do with television and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Spock ended up with Kirk. If I could redo it, it would have been Kirk and Scotty as best friends, and Spock the minor comic relief.”

Gene-Roddenberry_l“I know, I’m sorry,” he added. “I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”

Letter from Gene Roddenberry recently uncovered at CBS Studios.

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