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George Takei to Maher: Shatner made me want to drive the Enterprise into the Death Star

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Actor and activist George Takei burst Real Time host Bill Maher’s fandom bubble on Friday when he discussed his longtime rift with fellow Star Trek star William Shatner.

“Canadians have a certain image of being even-tempered and friendly and all that,” Takei said of Shatner. “Well, he is a person who is that way with himself. He is very self-centered.”

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The two were professionals, Takei said, so he was able to work with Shatner, though it could be difficult.

“Not like you’re gonna drive the ship into a Death Star to spite him,” Maher said to Takei, who played helmsman Hikaru Sulu in the franchise’s original series.

“The temptation [was] there at times,” Takei replied, jokingly.

Takei also said that Shatner was the only member of the original cast not to know he is gay, though the rest of his Enterprise “crewmates” never brought it up publicly out of fear the news would damage his career prospects at the time.

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Maher pointed out that in Takei’s new biographical documentary, he discusses pitching a story to the series’ creator, Gene Roddenberry, in which the show would address gay rights issues through the use of a metaphor, similar to episodes addressing race and other contemporary topics.

Takei said Roddenberry was responsive to the idea, but demurred in part because of the blackout the show incurred in Southern television stations after it featured an interracial kiss between Capt. Kirk (Shatner) and Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols).

“He was treading a very tight rope, because of the fact that he was dealing with issues,” Takei explained. “Television [was] not known for dealing with contemporary issues. He said that if we pushed the envelope too far, then he wouldn’t be able to deal with any issue at all.”

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Watch Maher’s interview with Takei, as posted online on Friday, below.

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WATCH: White man sprays black teen with hose after hurling racist abuse and claiming to be KKK member

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An East Rochester man sprayed a black teenager with a hose during a confrontation that was captured on video.

The man, whose name has not been released, claimed to be a Ku Klux Klan member during an argument with some black and white teenagers outside his home, and he sprayed one 14-year-old boy as he walked away from the white man, reported WROC-TV.

"You shouldn't be f*cking with the Klan," the man says, and walks toward his yard, where he grabs the hose and hurls a racial slur at the boy.

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Parents fight for custody of 4-year-old son after trying to treat his cancer with tea and ‘a positive state of mind’

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Two Florida parents are fighting this week to regain custody of their 4-year-old son who was taken away from them after they tried to treat his leukemia with a combination of tea and a "positive state of mind."

Local news station WFLA reports that Tampa Bay residents Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball are headed to court to push for custody to be reinstated months after they decided to stop medical treatment for their 4-year-old son Noah.

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Prince Andrew’s fate in potential Epstein lawsuit entirely in the hands of Donald Trump

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MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos said President Donald Trump has a unique ability to tip the scales in one possible legal case related to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The "Morning Joe" contributor was discussing the latest developments in the case, after Epstein's death earlier this month in jail -- two days after signing a new will.

"You can't hold the attorneys liable because someone wants to prepare a will," Cevallos said, "but remember, they fought to take him off suicide watch and they had to say he's not a suicide risk. otherwise, they would have kept him on suicide watch."

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