Star Trek followers know that the unique cast members do not at all times get alongside. George Takei famously known as out William Shatner at a Comedy Central Roast again in 2006, stating that Shatner had been mispronouncing Takei’s final identify for “40 years”. But it seems their feud did not finish there. These former co-stars have had a variety of fights over time, however maybe probably the most heated certainly one of all started over George’s marriage ceremony.
Backstory: Who George Takei Married & When
George Takei got here out as homosexual in 2005. After posing for the above photograph in June of 2008, he married his longtime companion, Brad Altman on September 14 of that 12 months. At the time, the 2 had been in a dedicated relationship for 21 years.
People famous that a few of Takei’s former Trek co-stars had been in attendance for the ceremony, and had essential roles. Nichelle Nichols, TV’s Lt. Uhura, was tapped to be the matron of honor, whereas greatest man duties had been coated by Walter Koenig, who performed Chekov. The visitor listing additionally included Leonard Nimoy, aka Spock, alongside along with his spouse.
For followers of Star Trek, one celeb identify appeared conspicuously absent from each the visitor listing and the marriage occasion: William Shatner.
It’s price noting Shatner was not the one foremost TOS cast member who was unable to attend the 2008 marriage ceremony. Sadly, a few of the unique Star Trek cast members had handed by 2008.
Shatner Claims He Was Never Invited to Attend the Wedding
The video above is entitled “Shatner Tries To Settle Takei Feud”, It was posted to the official Shatner YouTube channel on November 10, 2008, roughly two months after George and Brad tied the knot.
“Well, he did not [invite me]. Okay?” Shatner clarifies proper because the video begins. “And I perceive him not inviting me to his marriage ceremony.”
He went on to state, “I might not anticipate him to ask me.”
He then switched gears, claiming that “George has been imply to me for a very long time. I imply many years and many years….and I by no means mentioned something.”
Shatner did reward some particulars he had heard concerning the ceremony, noting, “I learn his vows, they usually had been very stunning.”
One further tidbit that will shine some gentle on this multi-year saga comes from a 2012 Mother Jones interview with Takei. In that piece, Takei revealed that Shatner was “oblivious” about Takei’s sexuality…and doubtlessly additionally the identification of his long-term companion.
“In truth, when [Shatner] was on the Howard Stern Show, Howard had me name in and chat…I discussed Brad and [Shatner] did not know who Brad was. Everybody knew! We had a very public marriage ceremony. Bill says, ‘Who’s Brad?'”
Whether the “Who’s Brad?” remark was meant as a joke or was honest, it clearly struck Takei.
Fans might discover it fascinating to notice that years after the video above was posted, one review of Shatner’s one-man show, Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It known as out that certainly one of foremost takeaways the reviewer had from the show was, “William Shatner thinks George Takei cannot stand him.”
Takei Tells a Slightly Different Story
It’s price noting that People interviewed Takei, simply after the marriage however previous to Shatner sharing his video message concerning the feud on-line.
In that assertion to People, Takei said he discovered the controversy round whether or not Shatner was invited or snubbed “baffling”.
“In truth, we did invite Bill and we did not hear from him,” Takei defined to reporters. “But it wasn’t stunning as a result of it is true to his historical past. He’s by no means responded to an invite.
In a 2017 interview with the Edmonton Journal, Takei spoke out concerning the long-running feud with Shatner, and whether or not he might ever see the 2 of them reconciling. Takei clarified that whereas there might have been some battle up to now, the 2 are able to being cordial when working collectively.
“We’ve all had difficulties with Bill [Shatner], however we’re all teammates and we work collectively….We do conventions and we do cross paths. I’ll say, ‘Morning, Bill.’ And he’ll say, ‘Morning, George.’ And that is it.”
Takei additionally offered some further element to clarify the way it was doable Shatner did not notice he was welcome on the ceremony again in 2008.
“We thought essentially the most pure factor to do can be to increase invites to all people [from the Star Trek cast],” Takei clarified to Edmonton Journal reporter Fish Griwkowsky. “We despatched Bill an invite. There might need been some mistake within the mail.”
Still, Takei says, all of this feuding might have been prevented if Shatner had simply known as him on the cellphone previous to the marriage. In the identical interview with the EJ, Takei said: “If [Shatner] would have known as us earlier than the marriage, we’d have fortunately had him.”
However, that assertion does look like at odds with a NY Post article revealed a few months earlier than the couple tied the knot. In their report on the approaching nuptials, Brad was quoted as saying, “Our contact listing has, like, 3,500 names…I do not know if William Shatner goes to make the minimize.”
Those vital of the NY Post might query the veracity of that reporting concerning the visitor listing. A 2004 study discovered that the publication was the least-credible main information outlet in New York. More not too long ago, in 2020, Twitter blocked the Post’s means for customers to share a story about Hunter Biden resulting from considerations about sourcing.
Is it doable that Shatner hadn’t made the ultimate minimize of the visitor listing when Brad gave that interview? Perhaps Shatner was confirmed on the visitor listing sooner or later after that interview date, however earlier than the marriage itself.
Ultimately, until somebody can produce an invite with Shatner’s identify on it, this feud might by no means be really settled for followers, or for the actors on the coronary heart of the controversy.