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William Shatner NOT In Life Or Death Struggle February 4, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Shatner,Uncategorized , trackback

The current issue (which came out last Friday) of The National Enquirer has a story titled WILLIAM SHATNER SURGERY TURNS INTO LIFE-OR-DEATH DRAMA which would be pretty big news if it were true. The story states that Mr. Shatner suffered heart complications during hip surgery. After being sent tips to the story, TrekMovie.com checked in at Shatner HQ and was told that Bill was fine, that he has had no surgeries and the whole thing was made up.

Bill has now put out a statement on his official site forums:

I’m in absolute perfect health. I’ve never felt better in my life.Somebody made up an absolutely foolish story.My Best, Bill

By the way….here is a ShatnerVision from last week of Bill making his Superbowl pick and talking about his plans for a party.


What Are Shatner’s Plans For Super Sunday This Year?

Apparently when Bill first heard of the report he thought the whole thing was kind of funny and he was even thinking calling up the reporter and having some fun with it.

Anyway…nothing to see here…so just move along. Just another tabloid flare-up.

Comments

1. Nathan - February 4, 2008

The National Enquirer is wrong? Run for the hills! It’s the end of civilization!

2. Scott Xavier - February 4, 2008

This is the first time Im even close to being one. Drats! Viva la shatner!

3. The Chief - February 4, 2008

You would’ve thought Shatner would have milked this one for all it’s worth by not coming out to say anything for a while. Let it fester and have people wonder for a while. It’s great drama and we all know how much he loves drama!

4. Dave Thornton - February 4, 2008

the man looks great, looks like he’s lost weight as well as letting his hair growing out. all we need now is pointed sideburns. :-)

5. Aragorn189 - February 4, 2008

I just hope he wasn’t too annoyed by the Patriots loss at the Super Bowl. Hope you had a good time though Mr. Shatner.

6. Chuck - February 4, 2008

The National Enquirer made up a story? Oh, say it ain’t so!!! :P

7. richpit - February 4, 2008

The Globe now says that Paul Newman is on his death bed after a “secret surgery”….

8. Xai - February 4, 2008

I am glad Mr. Shatner is ok.

9. Fansince9 - February 4, 2008

….”TrekMovie.com checked in at Shatner HQ and was told that Bill was fine, that he has had no surgeries and the whole thing was made up.”

Well, this is the National Enquirer who broke the story, so why am I not at all surprised that they would make it up? Or, everything up for that matter!

10. shuttlepod10 - February 4, 2008

Wow. The National Enquirer has fake news? Who would’ve thought,.

11. Pizza - February 4, 2008

Hey Bill, if you got a pair, you should sue the Enquirer. I’m not sure what is worse, people who write that crap, or those who buy that rag.

12. Kevin - February 4, 2008

I don’t know… how can publications like the Enquirer get away with saying the things they do. Isn’t it slander and defamation… especially when you don’t have any proof. Are they covered under satire? The First Amendment doesn’t say you can spread lies about people.

13. Xai - February 4, 2008

12 Kevin

They have been sued before and will be again.

14. Thomas - February 4, 2008

In case anyone might be interested, I would recommend checking out a book called I Watched a Wild Hog Eat My Baby!: A Colorful History of Tabloids and Their Cultural Impact, a very entertaining book about how tabloids work and why certain stories get printed over others. Good read.

15. Jon C - February 4, 2008

Maybe they’ll print a retraction.Maybe I’m naive.

16. Shatner_Fan_2000 - February 4, 2008

I hate tabloids. I truly appreciate the fact that we still have Bill, Leonard, and indeed 5 of the main TOS cast with us, all these years later. There probably aren’t many series from the 60′s that can boast that.

And more than just being alive, they continue to thrive in popularity and as artists as well; especially the ubiquitous & ever-popular Bill. The day when we lose him will come eventually, of course. And as Spock said in Requiem for Methuselah, “On that day, I shall mourn.”

17. CmdrR - February 4, 2008

Bill are you sure? The National Enquirer is usually such a trustyworthy news organ. They’re the ones with the politically-minded space alien, and bat boy, aren’t they?

;-)

Stay healthy, Bill! We love ya.(Hope I’m as active as you when I’m in my 70′s!)

18. CmdrR - February 4, 2008

Or…Maybe Bill needs a good lawyer… Anyone care to drop a name?

19. Dave Thornton - February 4, 2008

18. Denny crane? ;-)

20. Doug - February 4, 2008

#18: Samuel T. Cogley comes to mind.

21. Stanky McFibberich - February 4, 2008

Always good to check into the accuracy of the Enquirer since they have such a great record of purveying the truth.

Regardless of anyone’s feelings on Mr. Shatner appearing or not in Star Trek XI, I must say that we should all appreciate his contributions to us via Star Trek over the years.

22. Spock with a crowbar - February 4, 2008

# 4,

I agree! Shat looks a little more radiant than usual — what gives?

23. Biodredd - February 4, 2008

This is even funnier since there was a big toodoo late last year about the National Enquirer closing up shop due to reduced circulation. I’m actually quite surprised that they are still around at all.

Yay Bill!

24. [The] TOS Purist - February 4, 2008

THE SHAT LIVES

25. Mickey MET - February 4, 2008

The problem with any lawsuit vs The Enquirer is they end up making more money because of the additional exposure. . . . Carol Burnett discovered that when she sued them in the 80′s. It’s probably not worth it.

Oh, I’ve gotta ask. . . . Pats! What happened????!?

26. Rastaman930 - February 4, 2008

“I agree! Shat looks a little more radiant than usual — what gives?”

Probably the fact that he’s not whining about Trek XI for a change.

;-)

27. Jabob Slatter - February 4, 2008

Stick around, Bill!

28. Iowagirl - February 5, 2008

Media’s buzzing with weird stories all the time.

Glad this one turned out to be wrong.

29. Battletrek - February 5, 2008

Shatner does look better here, I wonder…

30. Ali - February 5, 2008

He doesn’t have hair to grow out of course…

31. Jay - "The Real Jim Kirk" - February 5, 2008

The Shat is the Sh!t… what a legend.

He sure is in the news alot these days… I sense a new Shatner will play Kirk thread hijack here!! hehehe!

32. Decker's Stubble - February 5, 2008

The Enquirer must be trying to take up the slack left when Weekly World News went out of business.

Go, Bat Boy, go!

33. dalek - February 5, 2008

There’s at least another 20 years in him yet ;)

34. star trackie - February 5, 2008

..he’s losing weight and the salt and pepper gray is gone, replaced with a longer more “Kirkish” brown.

..just sayin’

35. MrRegular - February 5, 2008

Yellow journalism?? You bet.
The Shat will be around long after these sleezeballs have gone out of business!

36. Ciobanu Marian - February 6, 2008

-Shatner is ill ?
This is really a bad news..

37. Hallbjorn - February 6, 2008

Shatner is the man !!! Over the years I’ve come to appreciate William Shatner and I love him as Denny Crane in Boston Legal.

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