William Shatner recently talked about his relationship with Leonard Nimoy with Entertainment Tonight.
William Shatner sat down with Entertainment Tonight [via Trekmovie] to discuss his most recent book release, Boldly Go—Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder, which is now available. Both Nichelle Nichols and Leonard Nimoy came up in the discussion. Shatner called Nichols “a wonderful talent.” Then the subject of Nimoy’s death came up, something that continues to haunt Shatner almost eight years later.
Shatner recently talked to USA Today as well, saying that Julie Nimoy had come to him and told him that Nimoy loved him which Shatner took as a sign from the universe that “whatever happened, he loved me as I loved him.” That still hasn’t stopped Shatner’s pain of the loss and rejection before the iconic star passed in February 2015.
"I don’t know what happened. He wouldn’t answer my calls. I wrote him a heartfelt letter saying how much I loved him and wished him well because he was dying. I wanted to see him and I was so – I am so hurt, so devastated."
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy shared a strong bond even until the end.
Though Shatner was unable to see Nimoy before he died, he had been friends with him for almost fifty years, a friendship he discussed at length in the book, Leonard: My 50-Year Friendship With A Remarkable Man, which was published the year after Nimoy’s death.
In February of this year, Shatner shared a wondeful picture of the two hugging with just the actor’s first name and his date of birth and death along with a heart. It was a simple way of remembering Nimoy and sharing his love. Though Shatner still remains devastated at the way things ended with his friend, love remains. And it’s the strongest emotion of all.