Meet an Emmy Nominee: 'StarTalk' Host Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Both science and art issue forth what it means to be human," says the astrophysicist about his Nat Geo show.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson can now also add "five-time Emmy nominee" to his résumé. The scientist has received his third consecutive Emmy nomination for his Nat Geo show StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson, where the host interviews a wide range of celebrity guests to combine science and pop culture.
"For people to think of science as entertainment — that's a different world," Tyson says. "We're bringing science to television in a way that hasn't happened before."
Stopping by the offices of The Hollywood Reporter to talk about the TV Academy's recognition of the first-ever science-based talk show, Tyson admits that being acknowledged with a nomination is enough. "I'm just being noticed because we're trying to make a difference out there on this landscape of anti-science," he explains.
For Tyson, the intersection of science and entertainment is important, especially in reminding people that science doesn't have to be something you left in the classroom: "If I were to spend time with you, some information should be exchanged on a level where you walk away saying, 'I'm a little more enlightened after that moment than I was before.'"
Watch the full interview in the video above.