WHAT HAPPENED TO STEVE FROM THE KIDS SHOW BLUES CLUES?
The most important casting was that of the host, the only human character in the show. After over 100 auditions and months of research, the producers hired actor/performer Steven Burns, who remained on Blue’s Clues for seven years and was in over one hundred episodes, until he left to pursue a musical career in 2002. As Johnson said, “What made Burns a great children’s host was that ‘he didn’t want to be a children’s host … He loved kids, but he didn’t want to make a career out of it.'” Burns himself stated, tongue-in-cheek, “I knew I wasn’t gonna be doing children’s television all my life, mostly because I refused to lose my hair on a kid’s TV show, and it was happenin’—fast.” Burns’ departure caused a resurface of the rumors that had circulated about him since 1998. As Burns said, “The rumor mill surrounding me has always been really strange.” These “specious claims” included dying from a heroin overdose, being run over by a car, and being replaced, like Paul McCartney