Bill Nye Collapses Mid-Sentence on Stage

Celebrity News Nov. 17, 2010 AT 2:02PM
Bill Nye Collapses Mid-Sentence on Stage Credit: John M. Heller/Getty Images

Bill Nye had a bizarre night Tuesday.

The host of the Emmy-winning 1990s TV show Bill Nye the Science Guy, 54, collapsed mid-sentence in front of hundreds of audience members during a speaking engagement at the University of Southern California.

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About 10 seconds after his fall, "he popped back up with much gusto and asked everybody how long he was out for and went on with a story about how a similar thing happened to him that morning," an audience member tells the Los Angeles Times.

Some people Tweeted that Nye fainted more than once and demonstrated slurred speech.

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Around 8:40 p.m. paramedics and USC's department of public safety arrived -- though it's unclear if he was treated.

Nye attempted to finish his presentation -- refusing a chair and taking sips of water -- but began slurring his words and stumbled against his laptop, the audience member tells the Times.

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He was eventually removed from the stage.

No worries, his rep tells USA Today: "Bill Nye is feeling much better after a good night's rest. He says he pushed himself too hard after a long day of an early satellite media tour combined with a late night speech. "

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