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George Takei hits out at ‘cantankerous old man’ William Shatner on The Graham Norton Show

Anish Vij

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George Takei hits out at ‘cantankerous old man’ William Shatner on The Graham Norton Show

George Takei has hit out at Star Trek co-star William Shatner as their ongoing beef continues.

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The pair have famously been going at it for years, after the Star Trek cast members reportedly referred to the Captain Kirk actor as 'cold and arrogant'.

Takei previously claimed that Shatner was 'not a team player', saying he was 'a wonderful actor and he knows it', while being someone who 'likes to have the camera on him all the time'.

On last night's episode (December 2) of The Graham Norton Show, Takei - who was sat alongside Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Claudia Winkleman and Jamie Oliver - actually attempted to put an end to the war of words, he claims.

Takei featured on last night's episode (December 2) of The Graham Norton Show. Credit: Twitter/@GeorgeTakei
Takei featured on last night's episode (December 2) of The Graham Norton Show. Credit: Twitter/@GeorgeTakei

When asked if it's true that he and Shatner do not get on, Takei says: "You are the last chat show host to be allowed to ask that question as it has become so tiresome to talk about.

"When Bill has a book to sell he needs publicity and accuses us of using him.

"My subject is more substantial and important.

"He is a cantankerous old man and I will not talk about him anymore. I vow that this is the very last time I talk about him."

George Takei hits out at Star Trek co-star William Shatner on The Graham Norton Show as their ongoing beef continues. Credit: BBC
George Takei hits out at Star Trek co-star William Shatner on The Graham Norton Show as their ongoing beef continues. Credit: BBC

More recently, while promoting his newly published collection of personal essays entitled, Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder, Shatner used it as an opportunity to call out Takei.

He told The Times: "George [Takei] has never stopped blackening my name. These people are bitter and embittered. I have run out of patience with them. Why give credence to people consumed by envy and hate?"

Shatner added: "I began to understand that they were doing it for publicity.

"Sixty years after some incident they are still on that track. Don’t you think that’s a little weird? It’s like a sickness."

The pair have famously been going at it for years. Credit: AJ Pics / Alamy Stock Photo
The pair have famously been going at it for years. Credit: AJ Pics / Alamy Stock Photo

The Star Trek star also explained his reasoning behind the book, saying: “I am of the opinion that the universe is vibrating, the Earth is vibrating, we’re vibrating, and those vibrations bring us all together.

“We are all connected, every human being is connected, we’re connected to the Earth and the Earth is connected to the universe.

“If you can be aware of how connected we all are to each other, good things can finally come about.

“That’s the best way I can put it.”

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Graham Norton, BBC, TV and Film, Celebrity

Anish Vij
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