Here’s how it all started. Back when Bill Nye the Science Guy was kicking off in the early 90s, Bill Nye signed an agreement that entitled him to 16.5% of the net profits of the series. He received checks over the years for his share of the net profits without incident. Then, in 2008, he received a check from Buena Vista Television for $585,000 dollars, which was all well and good… until a few months later, when Nye received a letter claiming that Nye had been overpaid due to an accounting error. According to the letter, Nye needed to pay them $496,111, which… came across as a pretty big discrepancy to Nye.