William Shatner took to Twitter over the weekend to fend off criticism over his absence from Leonard Nimoy's funeral.
As the "Star Trek" actor explained, he was in Florida for a previous commitment at a Red Cross charity event Saturday and could not make it back to California in time for the service of one his "dearest friends," which took place at an undisclosed location Sunday morning.
I am currently in FL as I agreed to appear at the Red Cross Ball tonight. Leonard's funeral is tomorrow. I can't make it back in time.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 28, 2015
I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 28, 2015
Shatner's no-show sparked criticism in some quarters, including a front-page headline on the New York Daily News, which dubbed him "Captain Jerk." Talk radio host Todd Schnitt also wondered why Shatner didn't simply hire a private jet to fly him back to the West Coast for Sunday morning.
Shatner, also a pitchman for the travel website Priceline, had a rebuttal for that:
Dear @toddschnitt as previously stated must have missed your email offering to provide this jet. Please resend CC# so I can make a donation.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 1, 2015
In lieu of attending the service, Shatner held a sort of virtual wake for the late actor on Twitter, where he has more than 2 million followers. He fielded questions from fans about Nimoy and shared memories of the "tall, lanky and sometimes a bit too serious" man who played the cerebral Mr. Spock.
I asked if you all would be interested in celebrating Leonard's life today. Why don't we reconvene at noon ET/ 9am PT and begin.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 1, 2015
Leonard and I seemed to be bound by fate to be friends. We were born 4 days apart. #LeonardNimoy— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 1, 2015
Shatner ended the day by live-tweeting ABC's fantasy drama "Once Upon a Time," an activity he described as a "good escape" after what was certainly a long weekend.
BTW I am Live Tweeting #ouat tonight. It will be a good escape. ¿¿¿¿— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 2, 2015
He could at least take comfort knowing he wasn't the only one who couldn't make it on Sunday: Protesters with the Westboro Baptist Church, were also unable to locate the funeral, though it's unlikely they were missed.
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