Star Trek feud erupts as William Shatner says George Takei is ‘making things up’
Star Trek legend William Shatner has hit back at George Takei's claims about William's apparent rivalry with Leonard Nimoy.
The 89-year-old Hollywood star hit out following George's appearance on David Tennant's podcast, on which he claimed it often felt like "William Shatner versus the rest of the world" on the original TV series.
Former I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! star George also claimed that William was "insecure" over the amount of fan mail that Leonard, who played Spock, received.
Speaking on David Tennant Does a Podcast With…, the 83-year-old said: "There was one character whose charisma and whose mystery was like a magnet.
"It was Spock, the strange alien with pointy ears. That intrigued the audience and women thought, 'I'm the one who can arouse him.'
"His fan letters were this many, and Leonard's were that many, and that created an insecurity [in William]."
However, despite previously confirmed Spock's popularity concerned him, William, who played Captain Kirk, hit out at George's claims.
He tweeted to his 2.5million followers: "George needs a new hobby. Now he's making things up.
"We never saw fan letters. That's why there's so many secretary signed photos.
"We barely saw George. He was in once a week at most – how would he know anything?
"The only person with jealousy is George."
George played Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek and reprised it a number of times in The Animated Series and the first six films.
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Spock star Leonard Nimoy died in 2015 aged 83, and he had stopped speaking to William in the years leading up his death.
William previously spoke of their feud, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "I remember going to the producers and wondering whether they were going to change the thrust of the show as a result of the popularity of Spock.
"So my anxieties were never directed at Leonard per say, it was about, 'How was the show going to go?'"
However despite butting their differences aside after the original Star Trek, the two lead stars were not speaking when Leonard dies.
William claims he does not know why their relationship soured again.
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