Bill Nye sues Disney claiming the company underpaid him by $9M

The 'Science Guy' says he was underpaid by at least $9 million

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America's favorite "Science Guy" is going after Disney.

Nye claims Disney, which marketed and distributed his popular show through its Buena Vista Television subsidiary, shorted him on his part of the proceeds.

Bill Nye filed a $37 million lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. and a number of its subsidiaries Thursday, alleging that he was deprived of $9 million in profits from his show, "Bill Nye the Science Guy", which originally ran from 1993 to 1998 on PBS.

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The dispute stems from the royalties Nye said he was supposed to make from the show, which the lawsuit, posted online by Deadline, says was supposed to be 16.5 percent of the net profits.

Nye says that "error" left him suspicious of the accuracy of Buena Vista's accounting over the years. The host says that he tried to get an explanation but was thrown around for years, resulting in him hiring 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.

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The "defendants failed to engage in the process in good faith", says the suit, which accuses the companies of engaging in "an ongoing, deliberate conspiracy to deceive Mr. Nye". Eventually, after hiring his own accountant to perform an audit, Nye claims that more than $28 million dollars of mishandled funds were discovered in the company's ledgers.

Nye is suing for "fraudulent concealment, fraudulent inducement, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, among other claims", according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"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)", Nye does some math at Disney's expense that alleges to be at his expense", it continues.

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