Bill Nye was everywhere with his pop-science hit show Bill Nye the Science Guy in the 1990s. In fact, the show is so beloved that millennial parents now search for episodes on YouTube to show their own kids. There’s just something about his specific brand of nerd and fun that really gets to people.
Well, it turns out that not all was fun and games for Bill, and he has been cleared to sue Disney for $28 million in punitive damages that he says the studio owes him. The details are a little confusing, but I’ll try to explain:
In 2008, Bill and Disney had an agreement that said he would receive 16.5% of net profits from sales and distribution of his show.
Disney sent him a check for $585,123 that year.
Three months later, Disney said there had been an error and asked for $496,111 back.
Bill balked and asked for an audit, which revealed that Disney actually owed him $9 million.