- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 30, 2013

Headlines exploded on Wednesday after Sir Patrick Stewart tweeted a photo of himself chowing down on his “first ever pizza slice” at the ripe old age of 72.

The Star Trek star told The New York Times that he and his fiancee Sunny Ozell decided on the cheesy meal the morning after a night on the town.

The story made headlines at the Daily News, the Today show, Fox News, The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, and numerous others, before the actor decided it was time to clear things up.

“To clarify: 1) I’ve never had a “slice” 2) I’ve been a Habs fan all of 4 weeks 3) I’m also a fan of Bloomberg’s soda legislation,” Mr. Stewart tweeted Wednesday.

“I would have had to have stayed locked up in a cellar,” he told The New York Times. “But nevertheless, this was my first slice of pizza, which I was only eating because my fiancée and I were a little hung-over yesterday morning.”

“I was mocked for thinking that I could eat a pizza slice with a knife and fork,” he said, adding that he finally learned how to do the “Brooklyn fold.”

The actor, who grew up in a small community in northern England, said he was in his twenties before he even saw a pizza. Since moving to the States, he’s always ordered whole pies, not single slices.