Blue's Clues is considered to be one of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and ground-breaking preschool television series of all time. And who did Nickelodeon have to thank? None other than the show's original host, Steve Burns.
The man has more than just impeccable fashion sense, he and his blue dog entertained millions of kids and parents. But right at the height of the show's popularity in 2002, Steve left the show.
Everyone thought he died, but we just missed all of the clues.
Burns had everything a young man his age could ever dream of. He was making bucketloads of money and becoming one of the most famous faces in America. He was even named one of People's most eligible bachelors, appearing in a list that had names like George Clooney and Ben Affleck.
So when Donovan Patton replaced Steve, it was natural for people to get the rumor mill going.
On the show, they said Steve went to college, but people had their own clue as to what happened to the rising star.
The craziest rumor by far was that he died of a drug overdose, and literally everyone started to believe in it. It got so bad that his mother even called him to make sure it wasn't true. Other rumors included that Steve was killed in a car crash, was replaced by a lookalike, or was fired for being bald.
The man who drilled the "Mail Song" in our heads has had enough of the rumors, and has gone on record to reassure people that's he's not dead, not a druggie, and that he left the show for a number of personal reasons...