“At the Smithsonian, Bill Nye's lab coat is over here, and over here is Mister Rogers’ sweater, like I'm playing in that league right now, and I'm still alive, which has surprised me. I thought you had to be dead for something like that. I'm in no hurry,” he said in January during a PBS press conference at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “But then, when I was on ‘Mister Rogers,’ we inflated a balloon with our breath using vinegar and baking soda. It's fabulous. Liquid and solid became a gas, whoa.”
Mr. Nye has also become a political figure in advocating for efforts to combat climate change.
“As I say all the time, I didn't want to make science political. Don't come running to me, man,” he said. “The U.S. is the world's most influential culture. Love it or hate it, it's very influential. So when the United States is not a leader in using science for the betterment of humankind, it's a drag.”