Bill Nye Is Suing The Walt Disney Co

Nettie James
August 28, 2017

Nye's legal camp filed the lawsuit with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, which accuses the Walt Disney Company of fraud and breach of contract.

Bill Nye the Science Guy arrives to lead scientists and supporters down Constitution Avenue during the March for Science on April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Bill Nye the Science Guy is having a bad reaction to his old TV partners at Disney, which is why he's suing them for $9 million! The show aired for 100 half-hour episodes spanning five seasons and was nominated for 23 Emmy Awards, winning 19. Nye was also recognizable as "Bill Nye the Coaster Guy", inside the recently closed Cyberspace Mountain at DisneyQuest.

"Nevertheless, even in the absence of these essential documents, even without the ability to fully examine the accounting and related records of the Defendants ... the Auditor identified hundreds of thousands of dollars in underreported payments owed to Mr. Nye", writes attorney Charles Rainey in the complaint. The studio has still been drawing in money from the show ever since it ended. In a report by CNN, it was reported that Nye is allegedly owed a gross amount of $9 million for his work on the show.

Bill Nye The Science Guy isn't happy about how Disney's handled his money, so he made a decision to sue the company and its subsidiaries for more than $37 million, Deadline reports. Nye said in the suit that, "the disturbing size of the supposed 'accounting error, ' coupled with the seeming indifference of both BVT and WDC, left Nye suspicious of the veracity of the accounting". However, according to his complaint, the company misclassified revenues and expenses in an effort to lessen that number, violating the terms of the agreement.

In 2014, Nye sent a formal notice of his intent to audit and was told Disney was "backlogged with audits" and he'd have to wait in line - potentially three to four years - before commencing his audit.

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