Not content with sitting idle, 81 year old Star Trek veteran William Shatner is set to guest host an episode of the long running UK panel show "Have I Got News For You." More details on that below, plus video of Bill’s latest appearance on The Tonight Show, and find out how Shatner is fighting the tinnitus he got fighting a giant lizard on Star Trek.
William Shatner To Guest Host UK News Comedy Show
William Shatner is set to take up hosting duties for Have I Got News For You for the episode to be aired on Friday 25th May 2012 at 9pm on BBC One. The current affairs panel show is airing its 43rd series (or season as they say in the colonies). Have I Got News For You is a comedy panel show which pokes fun at the news headlines of the past week, and has had a rotating guest host for each episode for the last few years. Regular team captains include the editor of a current affairs magazine Ian Hislop and stand-up comedian Paul Merton. The show is treated as a light-hearted look at the news.
This isn’t the first time that Star Trek and the show has crossed paths, Benedict Cumberbatch, who is guest starring in the, as-yet untitled Star Trek sequel film, hosted the show last year:
Have I Got News For You airs on Fridays at 9pm on BBC One in the UK, with an extended edition – Have I Got a Bit More News For You, is broadcast on Saturday evenings (check listings for exact time). As always, the show is available on the BBC iPlayer for 7 days after it is first broadcast (UK only, sorry everyone else).
By the way, Bill will be in Europe the week before his appearance on Have I Got News For You as one of the Star Trek guests for the annual FedCon convention in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Bill Fights Tinnitus He Got Fighting The Gorn
In other Bill news, Shatner has created a support team for this years Jack Vernon Walk to Silence Tinnitus. The team is raising money to fight the disease and each contribution is matched. On the team page, Bill explains his fight with the ear-ringing condition and how he can blame Star Trek for getting it:
My tinnitus began while I was filming the Star Trek episode “Arena.” I was too close to a special effects explosion and it resulted in tinnitus. There were days when I didn’t know how I would survive the agony. I was so tormented by the screeching in my head I really thought I would not be able to go on. But then a ray of light burst into my life – the American Tinnitus Association. The help they gave me literally saved my life.
Shatner suffered from tinnitus ever since he blew away the Gorn in "Arena"
Shatner on Tonight Show
Finally, Bill was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week. This time instead of doing "Can You Thrill Bill?" he was a guest and talked to Jay about his latest horse competition wins, turning 81, Priceline and more. Jay also showed a clip of Bill singing about getting stoned on the Dinah Shore Show. Watch both parts below (if you are in the USA).
Source: Digital Spy.
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