Here’s a video of Tyson someone posted to TikTok:
Photons are created in the inner 2/3 radius of the Sun from fusion as extremely high energy photons. They travel for hundreds of years, if not more, until they gradually lose energy from interactions and finally escape as the low energy photons that reach Earth. They are not “created” at the Photosphere of the Sun.
Photons do not travel from the Sun to the Earth in the same “instance”. That’s ridiculous. Photons do not experience time because time does not exist at the speed of light. To a photon there are no “instances”. If there were, photons would travel from the Sun to the Earth at infinite speed. In physics, infinite does not exist.
I’ve seen so many instances of Tyson making basic mistakes it makes me wonder how he ever graduated from high school. He claims to be an astrophysicist and yet he has never worked at that job. I suspect he was given his PhD to get rid of him.
In any case, he’s not where you should get your information.