‘What a fool!’ Dame Joan Collins slates former Star Trek co-star William Shatner’s space trip: ‘Let’s take care of this planet!’

Dame Joan Collins calls William Shatner a ‘fool’
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Dame Joan Collins has called William Shatner a ‘fool’ for his divisive trip to space. 


The Star Trek star, 90, became the oldest person in history to leave planet earth and travel into space earlier this month, lifting off from the Texas desert in a rocket built by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin. 

After Prince William also had a pop at Shatner’s trip, saying the wealthy should be ‘trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live’, Collins – who appeared alongside Shatner on an episode of Star Trek – agreed with the Duke of Cambridge.

‘It’s amazing, isn’t it? What a fool. Who wants to do that? No, absolutely not. Did you see Bill Shatner?’ she said on The Jonathan Ross Show. 

‘He was in the air and they were turning him upside down. Let’s take care of this planet first before we start going off.’

Asked if he would visit space, fellow guest and Succession star Brian Cox was also not a fan. 

Shatner became the older person to travel into space (Picture: REUTERS)

He said: ‘No, absolutely not. I think it’s ridiculous. I remember watching [Sir Richard] Branson and Bezos going up for their 11 minutes or whatever…

‘No, we do not need more spaceships. We’ve got enough crap flying around up there. We do not need any more.’

Shatner and three other passengers lifted off in the fully automated, 60ft-tall New Shepard rocket from Van Horn, west Texas, and reached an altitude of roughly 350,000ft and a velocity of about 2,000mph.

The Star Trek icon lifted off from the Texas desert (Picture: Getty)

The actor recently defended the trip from critics, including Prince William. 

Speaking to Entertainment Today, he said: ‘He’s a lovely Englishman. He’s going to be king of England one day. He’s a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he’s got the wrong idea.

‘The idea here is not to go, “Yeah, look at me. I’m in space”. No, I would tell the prince, and I hope the prince gets this message, this is a baby step of getting industry, all those polluting industries…off of Earth.’

The Jonathan Ross Show airs Saturday at 9.30pm on ITV. 

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