“It’s not tension, it’s all coming from Bill,” Takei, 78, said in a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine. “Whenever he needs a little publicity for a project, he pumps up the so-called controversy between us.”
“Two months after my wedding, he went on YouTube and ranted and raved about our not sending him an invitation,” the actor said. “We had. If he had an issue, he could have easily just phoned us before the wedding, simple as that. But he didn’t. And the reason he raised that fuss two months later is because he was premiering his new talk show Raw Nerve.”
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Takei, who is working on the Broadway musical Allegiance, also remembered being on set with Shatner.
“It’s difficult working with someone who is not a team player,” Takei said. “The rest of the cast all understand what makes a scene work – it’s everybody contributing to it. But Bill is a wonderful actor, and he knows it, and he likes to have the camera on him all the time.”
Though the duo’s friendship seems nonexistent, Takei insists that the so-called “feud” is over.
“I don’t need to forgive him,” Takei said. “I’ve already invited him to the opening night of Allegiance.