‘Star Trek’ star George Takei slams William Shatner’s spaceflight

George Takei’s decades-long feud with William Shatner is rocketing into space.

The “Star Trek” actor threw enough shade at his former on-screen captain to cause an eclipse, as he dismissed Shatner’s flight this week on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin capsule and described him as “not the fittest specimen.”

“He’s boldly going where other people have gone before,” snarked Takei, 84, when Leak Herald asked him what he thought of Captain Kirk’s brief trip Wednesday to the edge of space.

“He’s a guinea pig, 90 years old and it’s important to find out what happens,” Takei added, as he spoke at the opening of “Thoughts of a Colored Man” on Wednesday night.

“So 90 years old is going to show a great deal more on the wear and tear on the human body, so he’ll be a good specimen to study. Although he’s not the fittest specimen of 90 years old, so he’ll be a specimen that’s unfit!”

During his trip, the Canadian-born Shatner experienced a few minutes of weightlessness aboard the spacecraft and delivered a lengthy, meandering monologue after he landed.

Scene from the original 'Star Trek' series.
Takei and Shatner have been feuding since the 1960s.
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The two “Star Trek” stars have famously bickered for years with Takei accusing Shatner of ignoring him on the set and even changing the script for “Star Trek V” so Takei’s character, Hikaru Sulu, would not receive command of a spaceship.

Takei has also slammed the “T.J. Hooker” star as “very self-centered.”

In turn, Shatner has blasted Takei, claiming that “there’s a psychosis there … There must be something else inside George that is festering, and it makes him unhappy that he takes it out on me … Why would he go out of his way to denigrate me? It’s sad, I feel nothing but pity for him.”

Joining Takei at the play’s opening night were celebs including Joel Grey, Marilu Henner and Nicole Ari Parker. It makes Broadway history as the first play to be written by, directed by, lead produced by and starring black artists.



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