William Shatner turned fiction into reality on Wednesday when he launched into space, decades after his reign as Captain Kirk in the 1966 “Star Trek” series.
The attention, however, was soon turned to the incredibly awkward moment when Amazon founder Jeff Bezos cut an emotional Shatner off to start a champagne spray party.
When the capsule came back down to Earth on Texas soil, Jeff Bezos opened it up to ensure everyone aboard was okay.
On his return, Shatner summed up his lifelong dream as “it’s fun.”
The Canadian actor then told Bezos: “Everybody in the world needs to do this – it was unbelievable.”
“What you have given me is the most profound experience. I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can retain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it”, he added.
As Shatner continued to open up about his profound experience in space, Bezos decided to cut him off mid-speech to pop the champagne.
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Social media erupted into a frenzy after experiencing the “cringe-worthy” interruption.
One tweeted: “Massively awkward moment there, as Shatner starts telling Bezos about how profound space was, but all Bezos wants to do is open some champagne.”
“Watching William Shatner having a poetic moment in the middle of a load of billionaires popping champagne is so fascinating”, another added.
“I was watching that part cringing”, another user noted. “This man has had a transformative experience and you want to spray champagne? Ugh. And @MandaEdge I was thinking that same thing as she made SURE she was in that camera shot.”
The 90-year-old actor made history as the oldest person to take off into space aboard the Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule developed by Bezos.
He was joined by Audrey Powers, a Blue Origin vice president; Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of the Earth-imaging satellite company Planet; and Glen de Vries, an executive with the French healthcare software corporation Dassault Systèmes.