Bill Nye, once the Science Guy, now the Dancing With The Stars guy
Bill Nye, better known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is -- besides a beloved science educator -- the CEO of The Planetary Society, a the world's largest non-governmental space interest group.
So maybe it makes perfect sense that Nye is one of the 12 celebrities announced today as contestants on season 17 of Dancing With The Stars. In some ways, Bill Nye has always been dancing with the stars.
Bill, buddy! What are you doing?! You had a reasonable supply of gravitas. You had modest gravitas capital that was slowly accruing with age and parody Twitter accounts. You just spent all your gravitas to join a reality TV show headlined by Snooki.
There's not much more to add here. Nye's dancing partner is Tyne Stecklein, whoever that is. The show premiers on Sept. 16. This hasn't been confirmed, but we're guessing Nye is the first DTWS contestant to hold six honorary doctorates.
Who knows. Maybe Nye, until now known as a fierce climate change activist, will use DTWS as a platform to convince all the remaining skeptics that anthropogenic global warming is really real. By foxtrotting around or whatever.
Kate Allen is the Star's science and technology reporter.