Neil deGrasse Tyson opts out of Cosmos season 2

Published: November 23, 2014
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Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku

Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku

Fans of the popular television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey have reason to be disappointed as Neil deGrasse Tyson may not return to host the second edition of the show, reported the Youth Health magazine. Michio Kaku and Bill Nye are reportedly in the running to claim the coveted spot. The show is the reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, a show that pioneered the concept of science as a form of  entertainment.

Nye is popular for his stint as the host of the Disney/PBS children’s science show Bill Nye the Science Guy. Kaku, despite appearing on several noteworthy television shows, has no prior experience as a presenter.

Fans of the documentary series had been demanding for a second installment of Cosmos after the first season garnered both critical and commercial success. It was reported earlier that Tyson did not intend on being a part of the second season of the show, as he had to sacrifice his family life to be a part of the first season. “We’re all flattered that people are thinking [about a season two], but it’s not clear that this was the kind of content you want to rattle off one year after the next,” remarked Tyson.

He also said he had no qualms about passing on the presenter’s role to someone else. “If, some years down the line, after my life has recovered, I’ll maybe [take up the role of a presenter again]. But I’d like science to be shared by all,” he said. “If someone else came up and wanted to host it, I don’t have any ego invested in the visibility that hosting Cosmos brought to me.”

With Tyson no longer returning as host for the second season, some fans have demanded that another famous scientist should take over the mantle of hosting the show. Cosmos fans have used the IMDb forum to discuss who would be the ideal host for season two and Nye won against other great scientific figures, such as Kaku and Richard Dawkins. However, Kaku has expressed his interest in becoming the host of Cosmos season 2 after learning that Tyson will not return as the show’s host, reported Japanese publication Kagaku kyō no nyūsu.

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Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2014.

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  • Nov 24, 2014 - 12:22AM

    Thanks, Dr. Tyson, for sacrificing your family time for share the universe with us. I am glad you were able to get the project off to a great start. Either Bill Nye and Michio Kaku will be wonderful. So it will be a group effort. I look forward to hearing you in Star Talk Radio. I also look forward to seeing you in person on one of your shows. You have encouraged and educated more people than you know.

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  • Robert
    Nov 24, 2014 - 9:33PM

    My first thought would be Brian Cox. He like Neil Degrasse Tyson and Carl Sagan would let the wonder of the science speak for itself, just present it in an easy to understand format. Michio Kaku and Bill Nye are both great but both tend to be a bit flashy for the camera that doesn’t really mesh well with the style that defines COSMOS.

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  • Marco Solano
    Nov 25, 2014 - 12:47AM

    I feel I just crawled out from under a rock. Just last night I saw for the first time the first five episodes of Cosmos; I am embarrassed to say that I had not heard of Dr. DeGrasse-Tyson before then. My immediate reaction… “wow, what a rock-star!”

    Ok, I grew up fascinated by astronomy, the first book I ever read cover-to-cover was “Intelligent Life In The Universe” at 16, co-authored by Dr. Sagan. as I began watching the show, I was enthrawlled with Dr. Degrasse-Tyson passionate, elegant, professional, articulate delivery. I found myself falling in love with astronomy all over again.

    And his kind words for Dr. Sagan, cemented his style that we are all connected; what a wonderful tribute to his mentor, and I suppose that he himself is not only a wonderful teacher, but equally inspiring role-model.

    So here I am… hitting Amazon to find out what books he has written, looking forward to him hosting season 2, as I try to throttle myself and not go through the series too fast, so I may relish the experience.

    Thank you Neil for your legacy and inspiration, and the best to you and your family, you gave us the wonderful gift of your work, how befitting that your family gets to fully enjoy you now… but oh if it is written in the stars that you appear as a guest in an episode or two… and if it were at your convenience, we would be so lucky should you agree. Best of luck, and thank you for the inspiration.

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  • D
    Nov 25, 2014 - 1:46AM

    This article isn’t even true. NDT debunked it today.

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  • Rudy
    Nov 25, 2014 - 2:29AM

    Neil said on his Facebook page that he hasn’t said anything one way or the other.

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  • Leif
    Nov 25, 2014 - 4:03AM

    Neil deGrasse Tyson says on Facebook that this isn’t true.

    https://www.facebook.com/neiltyson?fref=nf

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  • Robert Richerson
    Nov 25, 2014 - 5:26AM

    This is very disappointing. But I wouldn’t be able to watch Bill Nye, so I would hope someone else is chosen to host.

    During the 2012 election cycle, all of Nye’s campaign contributions–totaling $4,300–have all gone to Democrats, with the largest chunk going to Barack Obama. Furthermore, in 2012, Nye officially endorsed Obama for re-election, which in itself questions his judgment.

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  • CosmicSyzygy
    Nov 25, 2014 - 8:40AM

    I’m not sure they’re even planning a Cosmos season 2. They intended the reboot to be a Cosmos for this generation and Ann Druyan spent years working on it, using the basic design of the original Sagan Cosmos. You never know, she might work on another science series in the same vein, but I don’t see a season 2 on the horizon. We might just have to wait another 30 years for Cosmos’ next incarnation.

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