William Shatner reveals if he and Leonard Nimoy were at odds before Nimoy’s death

On the set of the TV series Star Trek (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
On the set of the TV series Star Trek (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) /

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy supposedly had a falling out before Nimoy’s death.

While the comments of people not liking William Shatner when they worked with him will always make the rounds, for the longest time it was believed that Leonard Nimoy was the exception. That for whatever hangups Shanter had as a colleague, Nimoy saw past it and saw the good in Shatner.

That was until a few years before his passing, when the two men reportedly had a falling out, though a falling out that Shatner can’t for the life of him remember a reason for.

Recently, Shanter sat down with USA Today to talk about his new book, “Boldy Go” and in the interview, it’s revealed that Nimoy and Shatner may not have had the falling out many had thought. Shatner claims that Nimoy’s daughter, Julie, had told Shatner that Nimoy loved Shatner before Nimoy died.

This has led Shatner to believe that Nimoy’s declining health may have attributed to the two no longer being close, with Nimoy possibly wanting to hide his issues from those close to him as best he could

"USA Today: ‘Boldly Go” discusses the minor final fight and strained relationship with Leonard Nimoy towards the end of his life. What caused the rift?Shatner: No rift. Just a separation. I never understood it. I kept trying to get ahold of him, sending him messages. When you get really ill, you don’t want to see anybody. Maybe that was it. And he died, and I thought, “What happened?” Then I thought, “Well, it’s me again, I guess.” But his daughter (Julie) came to me and said, “He loved you.” The universe is sending me messages back that whatever happened, he loved me as I loved him. Like a brother. He was my brother. We shared a lifetime."

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy will forever be bonded by Star Trek

It’s sad that Shatner and Nimoy had a rift at the end, for whatever reason. For Nimoy to pull away from Shatner like that, it had to be a very heavy burden for him. I doubt his daughter is lying, nor do I think Shatner is lying, as Julie Nimoy could easily call him out if he were.

So I think there may be some truth to Nimoy’s decision. A lot of us want to be remembered for who we were in our prime, not how we are at the end. It’s an understandable situation.

It must hurt all involved for this to be the real reason why. It’s painful and sad, but the two men are going to be bonded forever through Star Trek. As Shatner said, they shared a lifetime together. They shared nearly 30 years of their life together filming Trek.

That’s a bond that’s hard to shake and with the upheaval still remaining around Shatner and George Takei, it’s at least good to know that Julie Nimoy could bring Shatner and fans of the Shatner and Leonard Nimoy a bit of peace with her revelation that her father never disliked Shatner.

The two being good friends is as Star Trek as anything.

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