Star Trek actor George Takei branded his co-star William Shatner a “cantankerous old man” and “vowed” to never speak about him publicly again.
The legendary actor, 85, starred as Hikaru Sulu in the original 1960s sci-fi television series set aboard the Starship Enterprise opposite Shatner, 91.
When asked about his rumoured feud with Shatner, he responded: “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 any more. I vow that this is the very last time I talk about him.”
Shatner recently told The Times he had had enough of his former Star Trek co-star making public comments about how difficult he had been to work with.
He said: “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.
“George 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?”
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On the episode due to be screened tonight (December 2), Takei also spoke to Norton about the iconic sci-fi series’s beginnings and admitted he didn’t think the show would last past the pilot.
The Hollywood star said: “After the pilot episode, I was asked what I thought and I said that I didn’t think it would sell or be a lasting show because I smelt quality – I loved the scripts, everyone was great, it was a great idea – and every time I saw a show I really love, it only lasted one season.
“How wrong I was!”
The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday, December 2, 10.40pm. Also available on BBC iPlayer.