Over the past couple of weeks the original Sulu, George Takei, has been all over UK TV and tabloids as he participated in the reality game show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!. Takei proved popular and made to the finale which aired last night. Details and video below, plus news on a new Trek celebrity, Winona Ryder, who has also been making news in the Brit tabloids.
Takei a hit on UK Reality Show
The show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is a reality show on ITV in the UK in which celebrities live in the jungle for three weeks and compete in each episode to earn creature comforts. This show is filmed live in the Australian jungle. Takei competed against eleven other celebrities. At the end of each episode one celebrity is ‘evicted’ and this season Takei made all the way to the finale, which aired last night.
The final three celebrities in the finale were Takei along with tennis star Martina Navratilova and UK soap star Joe Swash. George ended up in third place and Swash was the overall winner. Here is video of George’s ‘exit interview’ including highlights of his time on the show.
Being full of celebs, the show is big fodder for the UK tabloids, and during his time George has sparked a few headlines. Here are just a few:
- Sun: This Question is a bit Trekky
(Takei failed to translate a phrase in Klingon)
- Sun: Joe and George Pucker up
(about friendship formed between Takei and Swash)
- Digital Spy: George and Joe Good For each other
(also about friendship formed between Takei and Swash)
- STV: George and Joe bed wish
(even more about Takei and Swash)
- Digital Spy: George sobs over husband’s letter
(about George getting letter from Brad)
- Daily Mail: Producers fury at George Takei for boldly going where he shouldn’t have
(flap over Takei taking a wee too close to the camp)
For more on the show, visit the official site celebrity.itv.com.
Takei dons Vulcan ears in "I’m a Celebrity"
Ryder hits the tabloids again…and again
Winona Ryder, the new Amanda Grayson in next years Star Trek movie, made big news a couple of weeks ago when she collapsed on a flight from LA to London and was taken to the hospital (where she was soon released). Of course the tabloids had a field day, some even accusing her of overdosing on tranquilizers. A spokesperson for Ryder said she was fine and it was just a precaution. And by the next day the same tabloid that accused her of overdosing, said was saying she "looked the picture of health" as she accepted Marie Claire fashion award in Madrid on Nov 21st.
Ryder at Marie Claire Awards
But the honeymoon with the tabloids didn’t last long as Ryder was thrown in to a controversy over some missing jewelry. Ryder was lent Bulgari diamond jewelry worth over $125,000 and then reported the jewelry missing. This of course made big news in the UK tabloids, especially due to Ryder’s 2001 conviction for shoplifting. The Daily Mail (the same tabloid that accused her of overdosing) even reported she was under police investigation. However, Access Hollywood reports that Ryder is not a suspect and the jewels went missing from her hotel room.