George Takei vows never to discuss Star Trek co-star William Shatner again

George Takei has vowed never to talk about former Star Trek co-star William Shatner again as he attempted to put their long-running feud to bed.

During an appearance on Friday’s The Graham Norton show, the actor, 85, said to the host ‘this is the very last time I talk about him’ as he remarked that questions about their fall out are ‘tiresome.’

The interview also saw George call William, 91, a ‘cantankerous old man’, telling how William used their row as publicity.

About it: George Takei has vowed never to talk about former Star Trek co-star William Shatner again as he attempted to put their long-running feud to bed

While discussing his musical Allegiance, which is based on his childhood experience and family history, George was asked by Graham, 59, about his feud with William.

Clearly fed-up with the narrative, he said: ‘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.’

Done: During an appearance on Friday's The Graham Norton show, the actor, 85, said to the host 'this is the very last time I talk about him' as he remarked that questions about their fall out are 'tiresome'

Done: During an appearance on Friday’s The Graham Norton show, the actor, 85, said to the host ‘this is the very last time I talk about him’ as he remarked that questions about their fall out are ‘tiresome’

George then went on to add one last jibe before attempting to end the ongoing tensions one and for all.

He added: ‘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.’

And while George seemingly wanted to end their quarrel on Friday, just days before he couldn’t help but take a swipe at William as he once again called him ‘a cantankerous old man’ in a new interview.

Time to end the feud: Clearly fed-up with the narrative, he said: 'You are the last chat show host to be allowed to ask that question as it has become so tiresome to talk about

Time to end the feud: Clearly fed-up with the narrative, he said: ‘You are the last chat show host to be allowed to ask that question as it has become so tiresome to talk about

What a line-up: George was joined on the show by Kristin Scott Thomas, Claudia Winkleman, Jamie Oliver, Graham Norton and First Aid Kit (LR)

What a line-up: George was joined on the show by Kristin Scott Thomas, Claudia Winkleman, Jamie Oliver, Graham Norton and First Aid Kit (LR)

The TV personality told The Guardian on Monday that he didn’t want to continue engaging with Shatner after the Captain Kirk actor said his ex Star Trek co-stars criticized him in interview for publicity in a barbed interview earlier this month.

‘I know he came to London to promote his book and talked about me wanting publicity by using his name,’ said Takei, who played the role of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. ‘So I decided I don’t need his name to get publicity.’

Takei, who reprized the role of Sulu for multiple films and shows in the Star Trek franchise, told the outlet that he had ‘much more substantial subject matter’ that he’d sought publicity for.

Feud: Just days before he couldn't hep but take a swipe at William as he once again called him 'a cantankerous old man' in a new interview (Takei pictured last month)

Speaking out: William hit out at his former Star Trek costars after years of them criticizing his behavior on the 1960s sci-fi set (pictured in July)

Feud: Just days before he couldn’t hep but take a swipe at William as he once again called him ‘a cantankerous old man’ in a new interview. (Takei left pictured last month and Shatner pictured R in July)

‘I’m not going to refer to Bill in this interview at all … although I just did. He’s just a cantankerous old man and I’m going to leave him to his devices. I’m not going to play his game.’

When asked if Shatner was ‘cantankerous’ in his younger years, Takei said that Shatner ‘was self-involved,’ ‘enjoyed being the center of attention’ and ‘wanted everyone to kowtow to him.’

Shatner, earlier this month made headlines when he told The Times he feels his former costars on the 1960s sci-fi series bashed him to make headlines for themselves.

Unhappy: The actor who famously played Captain James T Kirk in the series as well as seven films, says he now realizes they 'do it for publicity' (pictured in the 1991 movie with George)

Unhappy: The actor who famously played Captain James T Kirk in the series as well as seven films, says he now realizes they ‘do it for publicity’ (pictured in the 1991 movie with George)

Details: Shatner said, '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'

Details: Shatner said, ‘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’

‘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,’ said Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the hit series as well as in seven movies. ‘I began to understand that they were doing it for publicity.’

Even when Shatner recently went into space thanks to billionaire Jeff Bezos, Takei said he was a being sent as a ‘guinea pig’ to assess the impact of space on an ‘unfit’ specimen.

‘George [Takei] has never stopped blackening my name,’ he said. ‘These people are bitter and embittered. I have run out of patience with them. Why give credence to people consumed by envy and hate?’

In his memoir Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder, Shatner said that he was shattered when late costar Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura, accused him of being ‘cold and arrogant’.

He wrote: ‘I was horrified to learn this, ashamed that I hadn’t realized it.’

Shatner was also close friends with Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, however their relationship became strained before his death in 2015 – for reasons unknown to the Kirk actor.

Friction: Even when the actor went into space thanks to billionaire Elon Musk, his former costar George Takei said he was a being sent as a 'guinea pig' to assess the impact of space on an 'unfit' specimen (George pictured earlier this year )

Friction: Even when the actor went into space thanks to billionaire Elon Musk, his former costar George Takei said he was a being sent as a ‘guinea pig’ to assess the impact of space on an ‘unfit’ specimen (George pictured earlier this year )

Sad: In his memoir Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder the actor writes that he was shattered when late costar Nichelle Nichols, who played lieutenant Ulhura, accused him of being 'cold and arrogant' (pictured together on the show)

Sad: In his memoir Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder the actor writes that he was shattered when late costar Nichelle Nichols, who played lieutenant Ulhura, accused him of being ‘cold and arrogant’ (pictured together on the show)

According to Giant Geek Robot, friction began between the two when William made a 2011 Star Trek Documentary and interviewed many actors who have been apart of the franchise, however failed to include Nimoy.

It comes after William said said seeing Earth from space aboard Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin rocket was a profoundly sorrowful experience, but one which inspired him to cherish the beauty of our planet.

In an excerpt from his memoir he writes he was struck with one of the ‘strongest feelings of grief’ he had ever experienced.

Former friends: William was also close friends with Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, however their relationship became strained before his death in 2015 - for reasons unbeknown to the Kirk actor

Former friends: William was also close friends with Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, however their relationship became strained before his death in 2015 – for reasons unbeknown to the Kirk actor

Going on to say that rather than being filled with awe, as he expected to be, the sight of Earth’s warm blue glow surrounded by the cold black of space left him feeling like he was at ‘a funeral.’

The excerpt was published by Variety journalist Marianne Williamson, and offered a deeper insight into Shatner’s reaction to his space flight with Blue Origin than he has previously revealed.

The revelations come a year after Shatner was seen to be visibly moved immediately after stepping out of the Blue Origin capsule in October 2021, when he broke down in tears telling Bezos: ‘Everybody in the world needs to do this.’

William wrote that he never realized how precious life on Earth was until he left it behind.

‘I discovered that the beauty isn’t out there, it’s down here, with all of us,’ he said. ‘Leaving that behind made my connection to our tiny planet even more profound,’ he wrote in his memoir.

He said seeing the Earth so fragile filled him with sorrow to think about how man kind is so flippant about its destruction.

Rocket man: It comes after William said said seeing Earth from space aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket was a profoundly sorrowful experience, but one which inspired him to cherish the beauty of our planet

Rocket man: It comes after William said said seeing Earth from space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket was a profoundly sorrowful experience, but one which inspired him to cherish the beauty of our planet

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