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Video: Shatner blasts Takei

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updated 10/22/2008 10:33:20 PM ET 2008-10-23T02:33:20

There’s a new “Star Trek” battle brewing and it isn’t happening on the set of the J.J. Abrams take on the sci-fi franchise. No, this war of words is a cyberspace showdown between William Shatner, otherwise known as Captain Kirk from the original television series, and George “Sulu” Takei.

It all started when Takei, who married his partner of 21 years, Brad Altman, in September, invited every member of the Enterprise’s core crew to his nuptials, with the notable exception of the ship’s captain.

At least that’s Shatner’s take on it. It’s a snub that the “Boston Legal” star took personally and attributes to Takei’s alleged long-held animosity toward him.

“Well, the whole thing makes me feel badly,” he explained in a video posted to The Shatner Project. “The poor man. There’s such sickness there. It’s so patently obvious there’s a psychosis there. I don’t know what his original thing about me was. … Apparently I didn’t let somebody have a close-up.”

In the video Shatner brings up the fact that Takei waited until recent years to reveal that he’s gay (“Talk about festering and not living the truth of your life and feeling badly about yourself.”) and wonders why his former co-star hasn’t also come out publicly to make peace with him.

“There must be something else inside George that is festering and makes him so unhappy that he takes it out on me,” he said. “It’s sad. I feel nothing but pity for him.”

As for Takei, he now claims he did invite Shatner to his big day.

“It is unfortunate that Bill was unable to join us for our wedding as he indeed was invited to attend,” Takei told the Associated Press. “It is our hope that at this point he joins us in voting no on Proposition 8, which seeks to eliminate the fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry in California.”

Madonna and Guy swapped low blows before breakup
If recent reports are to be believed, marital life stopped being lovey-dovey between Madonna and Guy Ritchie long before they announced their divorce plans. In fact, according to Us Weekly, the pair made a habit of exchanging verbal low blows.

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings “She would taunt Guy, saying, ‘I should have married someone like me: strong, hot-blooded, intelligent, ambitious, spiritual,’” a Team Ritchie source explained. “Their fights would often get heated. A few times Madonna slapped him or poked him.”

While there have yet to be any claims that Ritchie laid a hand on the queen of pop, a source close to Madonna says her soon-to-be ex-husband gave as good as he got.

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“Guy called her old, fat, ugly and wrinkled and said that she was stupid and couldn’t sing,” the Madonna insider revealed.


Dish on the fly
The on-again-off-again romance between George Clooney and actress Krista Allen is back on, according to the New York Daily News. The two first began dating in 2002 and finally called it quits in 2004, but an insider says they never stopped caring for each other. “Krista has always been there for him,” a source told the paper. “(And) George really loves her.” … He may be mean, but at least “American Idol’s” Simon Cowell comes by his insults naturally. In an interview with The Mirror, the reality judge’s brother, Tony Cowell, explained how his sibling fought to keep it that way. “(‘American Idol’) producers tried to script his put-downs, but Simon put them in the bin,” the older Cowell said. “They assumed he rehearsed everything but that’s not the case. He’s a very confident, naturally witty guy.”

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines.

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