Bill Nye the Science Guy is firing back at conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who last week on his show proclaimed Nye is nothing more than a talking head on television.
"Bill Nye is not a science guy; that's why he's a TV personality," Limbaugh said after Nye appeared on Piers Morgan Live to discuss tornadoes. "Bill Nye is not a scientist. Bill Nye can explain to kids things like surface tension, why you can fill a glass above the rim and it won't fall over if it's just the right amount. He explains things like that, surface tension. He's not a scientist. He knows it, and everybody else knows it. Doesn't matter."
During a candid interview with Mashable, Nye addressed the remarks — unprompted.
"When Rush Limbaugh says I'm not a scientist I'm charmed — I smirk," Nye said. "Rush, I think you got it wrong. But I've got to tell you I don't follow Rush's comments that closely. I don't hang on his every word."
This is the first time Nye has commented publicly on Limbaugh's statement.
"I was very flattered last week, and I meant to tweet about this, but I dropped the ball because of the holiday weekend," Nye added. "I got a Google Alert for it and it was one of those things where I thought I should do something. ... What am I if I'm not a scientist?"
Mashable also spoke with Nye about social media's role in science, the Internet versus flying cars, Carmen Electra, Kickstarter, how to pronounce "GIF" and much more.
Nye will take part in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session June 4 at 1 p.m. ET.
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