As part of his publicity tour this week, William Shatner showed up on the Howard Stern Show on Monday, and as usual, things didn’t stick to the usual promotional boilerplate. Stern needled The Shat on all sorts of topics, including the new Star Trek movie and the Takei feud. Some excerpts and a video clip below.
Shat on Abrams and Nimoy and the new movie
The interview started with Robin and Howard joking that Shatner ‘was not a big deal’ because he was not in the new Star Trek movie, which Howard ribbed him about, claiming he was upset, to which Shatner joked (bringing in a reference to Takei):
I’m really upset about it…but I really want to play I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
Stern also asked Shatner on if he was or was not offered a cameo in the movie:
Howard Stern: J.J. Adams claims they offered you a cameo in the new "Star Trek."
William Shatner: I know he does.
Robin Quivers: They didn’t offer you anything?
Shatner: No. J. J. has got to be a wonderful guy and he’s a great…
Interupted by Stern:
Stern: I know J. J.
Shatner: Do you?
Stern: He’s a really good guy. He was very good to my kids.
Shatner: How’s that?
Stern: J . J . used to write for a show called "Felicity." My daughters loved it. We went to California and we were hanging out and he said he’d put them on the show. They sat in the background of a scene. It was very exciting.
Shatner: If that’s what it took, I’d have put his kids on "Boston Legal." (they all laugh)
Stern jokes: You know what J. J. said; he said he wants to give you free tickets to the "Star Trek"opening.
Shatner jokes: "That’s greaaaaaaaaaaat"!…
Howard later pressed, asking if it ‘bothered him on any level’ that Nimoy was in the movie, to which Shatner noted “not on any level” but he did joke about how he recently went to dinner with Nimoy and Leonard wouldn’t tell him what the movie was about. Howard (as he does) kept pushing saying it must be ‘awkward’ between the two, to which Shatner stated:
It is not awkward. If I were producing Star Trek…how would you put my aging, fat face into movie when I was lean and I was great back then.
On Takei Feud – and Shat/Takei ‘Raw Nerve’ Showdown
Howard then asked Bill about how Takei claims he actually did invite Bill to his wedding, after Bill said he didn’t get an invite. Bill joked:
No, he and JJ Abrams have got together to offend me, I can see it.
Howard pressed the issue saying that it wasn’t a joke and he played the video Shatner had up on The Shatner Project where Bill talked about Takei in a very unflattering way. Bill said he just doesn’t understand why Takei is so upset, noting:
I am serious in that, wouldn’t it be better to leave this life without any animus anymore.
Bill said that he and Takei and A&E have agreed to do a Takei episode of Raw Nerve, where they will finally bury the hatchet (or maybe keep hacking each other).
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