William Shatner calls Star Trek co-star attacks 'absolute nonsense'

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Dec 15, 2012

As most of you know, there's been a lot of enmity against William Shatner over the years from many of his Star Trek co-stars (George Takei probably being the most vocal of the bunch). Surprisingly, Shatner says he thought he was loved and used the words "absolute nonsense" and "ridiculous" to describe the whole thing.

The 80-year-old Canadian actor, who's better known throughout the whole universe (from the Alpha Quadrant to the Gamma one) as the U.S.S. Enterprise's Capt. James T. Kirk, a role he's embodied for the past 45 years, appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, Friday where the talk ranged from politics to his latest book.

Bill Shatner also talked a good deal about Star Trek (of course) and about the, um, ''enmity'' that his Trek co-stars have had toward him for a couple of decades now (some people really can't let grudges go) and how he actually cares about that.

Here's the excerpt transcribed by Trek Movie:

MORGAN: Were you surprised that they all started piling in—he stole all my great scenes. He nicked my best lines?

SHATNER: They didn't have great scenes. They didn't have good lines. There was nothing to nick. But I was shocked. I was interviewing. And I said, well, thank you. Great interview. Good night. They said, well, wait a minute, don't you want to know how much we despise you? What are you talking about? I thought I was loved.

MORGAN: Do you care?

SHATNER: I care that somebody in this world dislikes me. And I care that the enmity has carried over to the point of where we're talking about it. It's absolute nonsense.
I mean, we're going to die. Go out the way you came in, with a little innocence. You know? It's ridiculous.

You can also take a look at the video below, where Shatner reveals whether he's sick of Star Trek, talks about his Trek (and non-Trek) legacy and shares about his friendship with co-star Leonard Nimoy.

What do you make of Shatner's comments?