Shatner's has posted a video on his YouTube page theshatnerproject.com, claiming that nobody cared when Takei finally came out as gay in 2005. "The whole thing makes me feel badly, poor man. There is such a sickness there," the Telegraph quoted Shatner as saying in the video.
He added: "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."
Earlier, Takei has confessed that he's had ill-feelings towards his former co-star, who, he claims has a huge ego and hogged the limelight while on Star Trek. Shatner further said in his video: "There must be something else inside of George that is festering and makes him so unhappy that he takes it out on me in effect a total stranger."
"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."