Bill Nye 'Hoping' to Continue on DANCING WITH THE STARS After Injury
Bill Nye is on the road to recovery - and intent on returning to DANCING WITH THE STARS.
Following his injury on Monday's night broadcast a source confirmed to People that the DANCING competitors is "in good spirits and is really hoping he can continue to compete."
Nye took a fall during his routine with Tyne Stecklein, partially tearing a ligament, which landed him in the hospital.
"Bill Nye was injured during his performance last night and is currently seeking medical attention. We will continue to keep you posted on his progress," the show said in a statement.
Nye is a mechanical engineer who wants the world to know and appreciate the passion, beauty and joy (the P, B & J) of science. While working on 747s at Boeing, Nye entered and won a Steve Martin Look-Alike Contest in Seattle, which led to his performing as a stand-up comic. He met a few other comedians and started submitting jokes to "Almost Live," Seattle's own comedy show. There Nye came up with the Science Guy character and quickly realized that he wanted to create a kids' show about science. Eleven years later "Bill Nye the Science Guy" had won 18 Emmys. Nye won seven of them as host and head writer. These days he travels around the globe exhorting his audiences to change the world. He also has a day job as the CEO of The Planetary Society, the world's largest non-governmental space interest organization. The Society was started by Nye's astronomy professor at Cornell, Carl Sagan, a man who had a tremendous influence on him, deepening his respect for science and what he likes to call "our place in space." Nye has written six children's books and is working on a seventh about space exploration. He's also writing a general interest book about energy. Understand energy, Nye says, and you can change the world. He was awarded the Ralph Coats Roe Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and holds honorary doctorates from Johns Hopkins, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Goucher, Quinnipiac, Willamette and Lehigh Universities.
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