"Dancing with the Stars" season 17 bade a fond farewell to fan favorite Bill Nye at the close of the Sept. 30 episode on ABC, negating the dedicated competitor's probable need to withdraw from the competition.
Nye, who suffered a serious leg injury at the end of his week two paso doble with pro partner Tyne Stecklein, was advised to refrain from dancing on Sept. 30, but chose to take to the ballroom to perform anyway. He looked uncomfortable throughout his "peg leg" robot-themed jazz routine and earned only 16 points for the effort, which left him tied for last place with "Rhoda" actress Valerie Harper, who forgot large portions of her cha cha cha with pro partner Tristan MacManus.
After learning that he'd been eliminated from contention over "The Voice" social media correspondent Christina Milian, who wasn't necessarily a low-vote getter but was the last contestant called safe, Nye implied that though he was disappointed, the outcome was the right one. He acknowledged that his injury would have left him unable to "keep up" with the rest of the talented "DWTS" hopefuls, but said it broke his heart to see new pro Stecklein sent packing so early in the season. He thanked fans for their support, and called the experience "cool."
Fans of the science guy were disappointed by the news, and many took to Twitter shortly after the broadcast to air their grievances. User Meg Maloney tweeted "Government shut down and bill nye got kicked off DWTS? This is the worst day of my life."
Actor and singer-songwriter Darren Criss echoed the sentiment with a tweet of his own that read ".. And if I may, my thoughts when he didn't make the cut: 'This is an outrage! Bill Nye @TheScienceGuy is a... national treasure! #DWTS"
With 10 couples still vying for the trophy, "Dancing with the Stars" season 17 resumes Oct. 7 on ABC with a fourth week of performances.