William Shatner, who gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on the television series Star Trek and as attorney Denny Crane on the television drama Boston Legal, left a bold statement Wednesday night on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. The 78-year-old actor graced the late night talk show to promote his book, Up Till Now: The Autobiography, as well as his latest comic effort, William Shatner Presents: The Tek War Chronicles, which arrives in stores on June 24. However, the interview was reduced to a farce when he stuck up his middle finger at O'Brien.
Evidently, the former Start Trek star couldn't do the "live long and prosper" gesture so O'Brien teased Shatner, who reasoned that Leonard Nimoy's Spock and not his character Captain James T. Kirk is famous for the signal. Still, O'Brien mocked Shatner's inability to the Vulcan hand gesture, driving Shatner to flip the bird at O'Brien.
"What's wrong with you?" O'Brien told Shatner after he used his hands to speak volumes.
As expected, TV bosses were forced to blur out Shatner's gestures during the broadcast of The Tonight Show.