Bill Nye to Disney: You owe me $9 million for 'Science Guy'

Nye claims Disney and some of its subsidiaries owe him over $9 million from his hit TV show "Bill Nye, the Science Guy", which aired in the '90s.

The 28-page lawsuit, which Nye filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, goes on to say that the host received a check in Apri for $585,000 as his share of the profits from the show.

Nye's representative and Disney's have not responded to a request for comment. Along with Disney, Nye is also suing Touchstone, ABC and Buena Vista among other subsidiaries, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


If you're a child of the 90s like me, you grew up with Bill Nye "The Science Guy". Now, he's currently blowing people's minds on the critically acclaimed Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World. However, he was reportedly met with opposition and eventually was forced to hire an external auditor.

Nye has seemingly moved beyond those days of being "The Science Guy" but he's still looking to get paid from his old show.

The auditor, according to the complaint, found that BVT applied incorrect rates for distribution fees, mischaracterized revenues, didn't report royalties and improperly deducted foreign taxes.


The suit says Buena Vista then stopped paying royalties altogether, insisting that Nye pay the amount he allegedly owed the company. Disney have not released a statement on the lawsuit or Nye's claims.

It continues: "Plaintiff is further informed and believes and thereon alleges that the Defendants, by breaching their fiduciary duties, enriched themselves, at the expense of the Plaintiff and the BNSG Owners, obtaining ill-gotten profits of not less than Twenty Eight Million Fifty One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety Five dollars (USD$28,051,695.00)". The host is suing for fraudulent concealment, fraudulent inducement, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty, among other claims, and is looking to earn back the money he is owed along with punitive damages.



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