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Bill Nye the Science Guy Injured During 'Dancing With the Stars' (Video)

Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Bill Nye the Science Guy. (Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-564025p1.html?cr=00&pl=edit-00">Helga Esteb</a> / <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/?cr=00&pl=edit-00">Shutterstock.com</a>)

Bill Nye the Science Guy's stint cutting the rug on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" might be cut short due to injury. The television personality and CEO of the Planetary Society partially tore ligaments in his left leg while dancing the paso doble during his Beethoven-themed "Dancing With the Stars" routine on Sept. 23, according to press reports.

"I stepped on the pant leg of my fancy slacks," Nye told Good Morning America today. That misstep made Nye trip at the end of his dance. Nye — who starred in an educational TV show from 1993 to 1998 — is unsure whether he will perform during week three of the popular show due to his injury. Tyne Stecklein, Nye's dance partner, said the doctor told Nye that he would not be dancing, although Nye is hopeful.

"Plan to be dancin' next week," Nye (@TheScienceGuy) wrote in a Twitter post on Sept. 24. Nye and Stecklein have consistently had the lowest scores of any team since "Dancing With the Stars" began, but their popularity with fans pulled them safely through the first week of elimination. Watch the Good Morning America video below:

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Miriam Kramer
Miriam Kramer joined Space.com as a staff writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also serves as Space.com's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. You can follow Miriam on Twitter and Google+.