WHAT HAPPENED TO STEVE FROM THE KIDS SHOW BLUES CLUES?

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WHAT HAPPENED TO STEVE FROM THE KIDS SHOW BLUES CLUES?

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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.[1] 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.'”[14] 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.”[1] 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.”[1] These “specious claims” included dying from a heroin overdose, being run over by a car, and being replaced, like Paul McCartney