What do you get when you breed William Shatner and a groundhog? Six more weeks of bad acting.
Spies said that when Shatner was seen at a hotel’s Club Lounge having breakfast with his wife (who’s not on the show), a fellow guest cracked to him, “Hey, did you book this hotel through Priceline?”
Shatner, who’s a spokesman for Priceline, dryly replied, “That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day.”
Also, Shatner is being sued for $170 million by a radio host who claims to be the “Star Trek” legend’s long-lost son.
Peter Sloan has filed paperwork with the court in Florida demanding Shatner submit to a DNA test and cease claiming he isn’t his father.
It was pretty evident it was true when the 59 year old man told Shatner,”Dad – you – are – my – father”. Sloan claims his birth mother, late Canadian actress Kathy McNeil, had a brief affair with Captain Kirk in Toronto. She gave him up for adoption at 5 days old.
But Shatner, 85, continuously denies Sloan is his son, and claims the local radio host is trying to unfairly live long and prosper from the connection. In the lawsuit, filed in Tampa, Sloan states he met with the actor on the set of “T.J. Hooker” in 1984 and Shatner initially “admitted he was the plaintiff’s father.”
But a week later, Sloan claims, he was contacted by a rep for Shatner, who said he was “totally denying paternity at this point,” and added, “Don’t go public . . . [as it] could be horrendous for [Shatner],” who refused a DNA test.
After Sloan surprised Shatner at a meet-and-greet, registered the Web domain petershatner.com and began a local CBS radio show in 2011 under the name Peter Shatner, he got a letter from Shatner’s lawyer, Erik Hyman, saying his actions were highly illogical. Spock would have been proud.
“Bill . . . confirmed to me once again that he is not your father. There have been many people over the years who have claimed to be his children or other relatives,” Hyman wrote, adding, “He is an incredibly busy, 80-year-old man, and is not interested in spending time discussing this issue with you.” Hyman didn’t comment last night.
Sloan — who wants to beam up to a jury trial — told reporters, “I am William Shatner’s son, and I just wish he would acknowledge me.”
Shatner’s spokesperson said , “Mr. Shatner has three lovely daughters, but no sons . . . Mr. Shatner is aware of the lawsuit, but there’s nothing there because he isn’t his father. Gee, I wonder why he doesn’t want to take a DNA test? The truth would be instability discovered. Case closed. I guess space is not the final Frontier.