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William Shatner, the award-winning actor behind Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” franchise, will now host a new show called “I Don’t Understand” on the Russian state-run TV network.

The 90-year-old actor will host the new show later this month on RT America, whose parent network RT – formerly known as Russia Today – was launched by US intelligence agencies in 2017 as part of “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine”. as was described. Since then, it has been Registered as a “foreign agent” in the US.

RT announces the show on Tuesday With a promo that said Shatner would try to answer “catchy and topical questions that pique everyone’s natural interest, but that the establishment media too often hesitates to tackle.”

“I have often considered the questions we should be asking, but probably aren’t,” Shatner said in the press release. “How much stuff is there in space? When I really think about it, I realize I don’t understand anything. So, I’m going to ask questions that no one else has on TV, and we Will see if we can travel to enlightenment together.”

Question “Should I worry about space debris falling from the sky?” “Are we alone in the universe?” “What is dark matter?” “What was before the Big Bang?”

The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor can be heard saying, “I don’t understand something, I’m going to ask a question” 17 second promo for the show.

RT is widely considered an international propaganda outlet for Vladimir Putin. Back in 2018, the Kremlin said it was studying a move by cable and digital TV providers in the US to air Russia’s RT TV channel in Washington, claiming the move was illegal and discriminatory.

William Shatner to host new show
William Shatner will host the new show “I Don’t Understand” later this month on RT America, described by US intelligence agencies as a Russian propaganda outlet.
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Dr Scott Atlas, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, apologized for an interview with RT in 2020, unaware that he was a registered foreign agent.

After several job postings, RT America also sought to strengthen its US workforce ahead of the 2020 election. RT was accused by intelligence agencies of spreading misinformation in the US ahead of the 2016 election.

And people weren’t happy with Shatner’s decision to host the show.

“You really want to go to bed with RT? Not a good choice and not going to be well received,” commented one Twitter user. “King Klingon of Kirk on State Television. Who had that in the pool?” joked another.

A reporter for Buzzfeed News also shot In Shatner: “The Russian state-run propaganda channel RT (formerly Russia Today) found a new Western lacking to try to legitimize it: Captain Kirk.”

However, Shatner defended his decision to work with RT America. In a series of quote tweets responding to comments on his original announcement post, he claimed that the BBC World Service was partly funded by the UK defense budget, which users allegedly described as “factually incorrect”. ” Told.

Shatner then pointed to the UK’s National Security Strategy and Strategic Defense and Security Review 2015, which stated that “we will be investing £85 million in the BBC’s digital, TV and radio services worldwide every year as of 2017/2018″. do.”

Shatner then responded to the comments by saying that “the actions of a government don’t really have any bearing about the pursuit of things that I don’t understand.”

“How am I a mouthpiece when they have no input into the material, guest, filming or editing?” he tweeted.

Shatner further clarified that “I made a TV program and they bought the distribution rights to it.”

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, who is also editor-in-chief of Rossiya Segodnya, a Russian government-owned and operated news agency, welcomed Shatner to the network.

“Captain Kirk went on the side of good,” he written in russian on twitter.

A representative for Shatner did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.

“We are very proud to bring the unique talent of William Shatner to our network and digital platform Portable TV,” said show executive producer Mikhail Solodovnikov. “This is a show for curious intellectuals who would prefer to be educated rather than entertained by a TV show.”

The first episode of “I Don’t Understand” will air on RT America on July 12, 2021.

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