Steve Burns left the show Blues Clues & You! to go to college, but his sudden departure left many young people wondering what happened. Now he is back with his successors to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary, and his message to fans has many realizing they needed some closure.
While the reunion above was a delight, what really got everyone right in the feels was his message on Twitter via Nick Jr.:
Such a lovely message!
His sudden departure led to decades of speculation and rumors that he had died. Here’s an example from MTV in 2007:
“It’s starting to concern me,” Burns said, when reached at his Brooklyn, New York, home Friday. “I’m starting to think that maybe there’s something that people know that I don’t know … like that I’m dead! But I feel fantastic. I think I’m going to just make a Web site and actually affirm the rumor, and see if that helps. That way, I can at least die of something better than a drug overdose. I want to die in a whaling accident in Nova Scotia or something more interesting.”
Since leaving his “Blue’s Clues” hosting gig five years ago, Burns has been the focus of numerous specious rumors stemming from his departure from the children’s television series and his subsequent decision to shave his head. These have ranged from reports of terminal illness, drug addiction (and death from drug overdose) and other health problems. It’s become an urban legend the man has had to debunk over and over again.
“I think the dissonance of that is really satisfying, you know, the idea that a children’s television show host would be involved in such nefarious activities,” he said. “It’s overwhelmingly satisfying if you’re 14. But that actually is the only thing that upsets me about the rumor. I just hate the idea of ‘Blue’s Clues’ being associated with anything like that. We just all worked way too hard on it. But what are you going to do?”
Glad we have proof of life, Steve!
Image: YouTube / Blue’s Clues & You!