Bill Nye may require surgery following 'DWTS' spill

Inertia is a property of matter -- and may be a fact that one-time Seattle resident Bill Nye will be experiencing the hard way after partially tearing a ligament on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," which may require he take some time off the dance floor. 

The former Boeing engineer and popular PBS television show host took a tumble during Monday night's episode of the show and, ABC has confirmed, was injured during the fall. As a result, the Science Guy may require surgery, though the network has not yet stated that he'll be leaving the show.

"We can confirm Bill Nye was injured during his performance last night and is currently seeking medical attention," ABC told E! News.

Nye scored the lowest in the show's premiere episode, though he eluded the judges and was permitted to return for the second week. His first performance, a cha cha number set to the theme from "Weird Science", became an internet sensation, proving Nye's star power -- and his ability to draw interest from young people who don't usually follow reality competitions.

However, it was his second, a wild, theatrical piece set to Beethoven's 5th Symphony, which got Nye into trouble. Despite scoring considerably higher than the first week, a stumble toward the end of the show threatened to sideline Nye for the foreseeable future. 

However, the Science Guy isn't giving up just yet; Nye posted an Instagram video of himself to update fans about the injury.

"Here is the scoop: partially torn ligament. Awaiting the doc's orders with Tyne. We plan to dance! Stand by..." read the image's caption

"Dancing With The Stars" returns Monday night on ABC.