September 26, 2013 02:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Bill Nye’s paso doble may have been, as Carrie Ann Inaba put it, a “bizarre masterpiece of insanity,” but unfortunately, it also was the cause of a torn ligament. This wouldn’t be the first time an injury sidelined a contestant — who can forget Dorothy Hamill’s heartbreaking exit last spring? But Bill is no Dorothy, which is why the question remains: can he beat the odds and continue his reign on Dancing With The Stars?
In his first two weeks on Dancing With The Stars, Bill Nye has managed to attract quite the fan base. And that support is only likely to increase, what with news of his torn ligament. Sympathy votes can go a long way on this show, and if the injury worsens his already suspect dance technique, America’s favorite scientist will need all the help he can get.
The injury occurred on Monday night, during Bill’s Beethoven-inspired paso doble. He later told ABC News, “I stepped on the pant leg of my fancy slacks.” And yes, viewers did notice the slip-up, but few failed to recognize the extent of the damage. But Bill quickly set fans straight, posting an Instagram picture while at the doctor’s office, along with the following explanation: “Here is the scoop: partially torn ligament. Awaiting the doc’s orders with Tyne. We plan to dance! Stand by…”
According to Tyne Stecklein, Bill’s doctor definitely does not want him dancing. “The doctor told us, ‘No more. You’re done.’” But these orders are not going to be enough to keep the pair away from the studio. He might need the assistance of a cane to walk, but gosh darn it, Bill’s gotta dance!
Do you think Bill Nye will be able to continue dancing with a torn ligament? Or is his quest for the mirror ball trophy drawing to a close? Sound off in the comments section below!
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Photos Courtesy: Bill Nye Instagram