William Shatner on George Takei: “He has a psychosis”

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Here's William Shatner talking about George Takei not inviting him to his wedding; apparently there's been some bad blood between the two of them for a very long time. Watch:

Here's what he had to say:

The whole thing makes me feel badly, poor man. There is such a sickness there. It's so patently obvious that there is a psychosis there. I don't know what his original thing about me was. I have no idea.

‘I didn't read his book that was printed many years ago, but apparently I didn't let somebody have a close-up. I literally don't know him.

‘I didn't know him very well on the series. He would come in for a day or two, as evidenced by the part he played. Then on the movies, there occasionally. I didn't know the man.

‘But he has continued to speak badly about me for all these years. Obviously, hiding his homosexuality – talk about festering and not living the truth of your life and feeling badly about yourself – and being fearful somebody would find out about this terrible, terrible secret, so he thought.

‘Finally at the age of, I think, 70, he decides to come out of the closet and say, “I'm gay.”

‘Like, who cares? Be gay. Don't be gay. That's up to you George.'…

‘You would think he had this epiphany and say – because he and I don't have many years left in this world – “I wish him well. I'm so happy that I wish him well.”

‘But instead what he does is he makes this big deal about not inviting me to his wedding.

‘If I was such a terrible force in his life – even some 40-odd years later, because I've not seen him – that I effect his marriage where he has to isolate it, what kind of sickness is going on in the man?

Why would he go out of his way to denegrate me? It's sad that the man can't find enough peace in his life to either say “Be positive” and say “I forgive him, whatever those hurts were”, or to shut up about it.

‘It's sad. I feel nothing but pity for him.'