William Shatner opened up Monday about why he wasn't able to attend the funeral of his late Star Trek co-star, Leonard Nimoy.
"I did my best…chose to be with the Red Cross," the actor, who played Captain James T. Kirk opposite Nimoy's Mr. Spock, explains in a new video shot today. He added that he continues to "celebrate the living" and "mourn the dead."
Shatner, 83, was forced to stay in Florida for the charity "commitment I made months ago," he has noted on social media. "Walking out on a major fundraiser wouldn't have you calling me a jerk for leaving a charity high and dry?"
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After a number of media outlets had taken Shatner to task for missing the funeral, the actor said that his daughters Melanie and Lisabeth attended the funeral on his behalf.
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