It’s time we all ultimately got a clue.

After about seven years of hosting Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues, ” Steve Burns skidooed on out of there, and the preschool nature was turned upside down.

Why, Steve? WHY?

Not much interpretation was given for Steve’s departure in 2002, and life went on for everyone. Well, it went on for everyone except Steve.

According to the internet, Burns succumbed. One of the first causes was supposedly a drug overdose, but beings also said he was killed in a automobile accident or convened some other unsavory fate. That would at least include the reasons why he wasn’t on the display, anyway.

But, Burns himself is now disavowing those claims.

“I Googled the conditions of life, and I converge every single one of them, I can assure you, ” Burns told The Huffington Post in an interview. “I are of course alive. I know that for sure.”( Burns’ Twitter handle is @SteveBurnsAlive just in case anyone still doesn’t have a evidence .)

In our own experiment on why Steve left “Blue’s Clues ,” a predominant topic was that he exited to prosecute a music vocation. The actor’s changing looks presumably had something to do with it, very.( In a 10 -year anniversary “Blue’s Clues” special, Burns said he didn’t want to go bald on a kids evidence .) But time and time again, music obstructed comes real as a most important reason for his departure.

In fact, Burns is releasing a new kids book, “Foreverywhere, ” along with his friend Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips( his comrade traitor on a previous album, “Songs for Dustmites.”) They’ve even liberated a video for the first sung, “The Unicorn And Princess Rainbow.”

So was a music career the real reason Steve left “Blue’s Clues”?

“That’s actually not true, ” Burns told us. “No , no , no , no. People contemplate I left the show to pursue a music occupation. That didn’t happen at all.”

Burns had reaffirmed that getting older and, yes, “losing ones” mane had a lot to do with his decision.

“I left the show because it was just simply time to go. I was pretty much playing a boyish, older-brotherish kind of attribute on the reveal. I was getting older; I was losing my hair; a lot of the original robbers on the appearance, like the ones who caused it, are always moving on to other vocations. It precisely felt like occasion. I just had a gut feeling like it was time to go, ” added Burns.

He has pointed out that the music came after his departure.

“I surely wasn’t leaving’ Blue’s Clues’ to pursue a large music career because that never even happened. That was just a wonderful nightmare is true,[ a] hobby circumstance that happened after’ Blue’s Clues.’”

I was going older; I was losing my whisker; a lot of the original gangsters on the demonstrate, like the ones who made it, are always moving on to other careers. Steve Burns

It’s now been 20 years since “Blue’s Clues” debuted, and looking back on the demo, Burns described its own experience as “surreal.” He expressed his gratitude for being part of it, but acknowledges, “From my perspective, it all feels very small.”

Burns used to say acting in front of a green screen was like hopping to the “bottom of a swimming pool” every day. For him, it was very solitary.

“It felt like a dream to wake up and is just like,’ Wait, people watched that all over the world? ’ For me, it’s a quite different know-how than it is for everyone else, but to know that people who watched’ Blue’s Clues’ now have offsprings that watch’ Blue’s Clues’ is a real brain-burner, that’s for certain. But it’s all just really cool. Maybe I’m Grover to somebody. That’s breathtaking. That’s exactly altogether breathtaking, ” he said.

Burns persisted chit-chat on the phone with HuffPost about everything from his new kids album to why “Blue’s Clues” fans don’t believe he’s actually Steve.( He even goes in disputes about it .) Oh, and he did it all from the actual “Blue’s Clues” Thinking Chair, which we would soon find out.

If you weren’t haunting a music vocation, what have you been up to ?

I’ve been sincerely balding, which takes up a lot more season than people thoughts, and also I’m a voice-over person. I’ve been a voice-over guy even before and while I was on “Blue’s Clues.” That was kind of my prime gig for a lot of it. If you hear a person on TV that tries to sell you assurance and sounds like the guy from “Blue’s Clues, ” that’s me.

Do parties still recognize you ?

Oh, my God , no. I have to convince people. No, I seem much more like Moby if he had a real question with pad Thai than I do like Steve from “Blue’s Clues.” I actually do. I’ve get into arguments with parties about it.

Seriously ?

They simply don’t believe that it’s me. I don’t believe that it’s me.

No lane. You seem exactly the same .

But, first of all, I am much shorter than anyone expects me to be. I’m bald now. I was rail thin on that see, and I was a child, mostly. I’m 43 years old now. I look nothing like that, which I think is kind of fun.

This winsome, simpering selfie is lying to you. #notphotoshopped #oldschoolsfx #deceit

A photo posted by Steve Burns (@ steveburnsalive) on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:23 am PST

What invigorated the brand-new book, “Foreverywhere” ?

Nickelodeon, years ago, asked me to write a chant about a groundhog, and I happened to be on the phone with Steven[ Drozd] when I was reading the email, and I suggested, “Hey, buster. Is this something you’d want to work on with me? Because when I write carols they’re 40 percent good, and when you help me they’re a million times better.” And he’s like, “Yeah, that clangs really fun.” I went down to Oklahoma, and we wrote that song in no time and had a bomb. I fantasize while we were writing the lyric, we stopped at one point and looked at one another and said, “We have to do a kids record.” As “were in” writing that ballad, we were thinking, “Let’s do this in our spare time.” And we have begun to, and we did. It took forever. It’s kind of the “Chinese Democracy” for boys records.

You said you never pictured yourself hosting a kids indicate your whole life, so why make a kids album ?

I hosted a children’s Tv present for seven years and attended about it deep, and developed a lot of sentiments, a real point of view, and genuinely began to develop a tremendous appreciation for children’s presentation as something that’s improbably enjoyable and artistic to do. By the time I left that present, I felt like I had a little more in the tank, and it was just kind of a natural event.

One of the sungs on the book is “OK Toilet Bowl.” That might be best available claim I’ve “ve heard” .

Wait till you hear the chant, guy. It’s a lyric about fortitude, I will tell you that much. I was just talking to a child development consultant that I know, and I read, “What’s the one thing, the main issue for children? What builds them tick? What are their fears? What are their hopes when they’re really young? ” And they said it’s the toilet bowl. That is their No. 1 suspicion and headache and aspiration.

More than beings under the berth ?

I think it’s all kind of the same. I think it all goes back to that.

One of the first remarks on the video was that you’re in front of a dark-green screen again, and people wondered if you are real or only CGI .

[ Laughs ] Brilliant. Affection it. Well, I targeted and hit that in a date in Oklahoma City with my friends and their children use all the outdated technology I learned while on “Blue’s Clues” in the mid-’9 0s. That really is just kill on a light-green screen. I’m probably more comfortable than most people are in that environ at this stage, but it find very natural to jump in front of a dark-green screen again. That’s certainly true.

What is it like ascertaining all those death hoaxes ?

I reckon the last one I identified was that I ruined a Dodge Charger, which in a way was the cruelest one because I would never drive a Charger. No real serious offense to Charger moves, but like, come up. Seriously?

It is great to eventually confirm you’re alive.

Yeah, sometimes I wonder [ Laughs ]. I read those acts, and I’m like, “Oh, God, is this all some sort of surreal extradimensional universe that I’m in? Am I somehow undead? ”

You once told the The Moth a crazy storey about going out with a Playboy model. Was that all genuine? You got a lap dance in the Thinking Chair ?

Things didnot progress that far, but The Moth alone requires true narrations. They are a really great party … I compressed a little bit of time, but they miss dinner party narratives. They want it to be real.

In “Blue’s Clues, ” Steve presumably goes to college and connects the hopscotch crew. Did you come up with that ?

Oh, we all sat around and thought that would be hilarious.

Joe( Donovan Patton) replaced you on the establish. Do you still keep in touch with your brother, Joe ?

Not as much as I’d like to. He has a attire of moving to LA. He’s an breathtaking guy, and he’s so much better fun. I loved the couple meters we got to work together on “Blue’s Clues.” Those are just a few of my best remembrances of the show. I know him. I know his wife. We are emphatically friends. I care I find him more, but he tends to be in LA a lot.

Before this, I was insisting with my roommates. Could you clear something up? Blue is a girl, right? Is Magenta a guy ?

Blue is a girl. Magenta is a girl. In a lot of ways, I was the only male figure on that picture. There weren’t numerous male chassis. It was me and the salt shaker and, I anticipate, the scoop [ Laughs ].

Was that part of the research — why the show included so many female role models ?

In numerous practices, I consider “Blue’s Clues” to be an educational struggle, first and foremost. I was genuinely promoting the phenomenal, bright curriculum that the researchers and architects came up with. Every fragment of that establish was researched and carefully considered to bright outcome. As amusing and crazy and weird as “Blue’s Clues” was, it was so educational, and I’m so proud to be a part of that.

Do you still have one of the Handy Dandy Notebooks ?

I’m looking at it right now.

No, you’re not .

I actually am. And I’m sitting in the Thinking Chair. I have the original one. They gave it to me on my 25 th birthday, and it sits in my study.

And you’re sitting in it now …

I’m not kidding you. It sits in my examine. It’s a great chair. I still use it all the time.

Do you think in it ?

I use it to read books. It’s where I read.

OK, you’re not solving riddles or anything ?

Not typically.

Unless they’re riddle tales .

Yeah, it’s where I speak [ laugh ].

You tweeted that you’re less excited about going the mail now .

I mean, you get mail, right? Is it ever super agitating? It’s often stuff you didn’t feel like opening, or homework. It’s essentiallypeople sending you homework. There’s virtually no mail I receive in the adult 3-D world-wide that wouldn’t be more appropriate sent to me digitally. In the real world, forward is kind of a lag. In “Blue’s Clues, ” mail was beyond exciting. It was so exciting that I leapt into the breeze and screamed.

So you’re not singing the psalm anymore ?

No, but the reason for the large-scale shrieking at the end is because I couldn’t thumped the greenback, so I simply kind of channeled Pee-wee Herman and Grover at the same time.

That’s the best part of the whole situation .

Yeah, we just various kinds of left off. Actually, the guys who did the music were Mr. Salt and Mailbox, Michael Rubin and Nick Balaban. I consider the legend is I only did that as a prank and they’re like, “Nope, we’re maintaining it.”

You too tweeted that you’re still upset about the gasps .

They were very extreme. I’ve ever seen pleats like that outside of an MC Hammer video. They were legitimately extreme pleats. I don’t see “Blue’s Clues” gets enough ascribe for its innovative work in pant-pleating.

Were they custom-made ?

I think they were. I think they were store-bought, but don’t know. Maybe someone that I didn’t insure spent a lot of season contributing extra pleats to them. The shirts were all handmade.

Really ?

Yeah, and the latter are made out of the itchiest hair that all individuals could find. They were super-duper itchy. I still have a couple of those, more. They’re much cool in person, very, because they’re much brighter than you think.

When’s the last duration you wore the clothe ?

I did[ a Make–AWish phenomenon] maybe three or four years ago, and it was challenging because I had to lose a cluster of weight, and I’m bald, but I did it. I get down to fighting heavines for it and managed to pinch back into the shirt. It was what it always was, human. That sets everything into view. It’s the most humbling occasion ever.

I can’t even suppose .

It’s ostensibly about this child’s wish, but underneath it all, it’s always the child’s had intended to establish the mothers glad. It’s just the most incredible thing.

I was one of the desire granters of the year in 1999, which is the thing that I’m most proud of in my life, and I got an award from David Hasselhoff.

[ Laugh ] That’s breathtaking. So what is Steve from “Blue’s Clues” doing today ?

Right now, just really focused and provoked about releasing “Foreverywhere.” It’s a labor of love and we’re really excited to release it to the world.

Would you ever go back to a kids present? Perhaps a “Blue’s Clue’s” revival ?

I don’t know how that would work. That’s such a merriment mind, though. How would that work? Steve has gone to college and he majors in shapes and pigments and he’s in the middle of doing his thesis on figures and colourings and he’s come back exceedingly professorial [ Laughs ].

Why not? When we use our heads and take a pace at a time, we can do anything …

You can check out “Foreverywhere” on iTunes. The full album arrives in February 2017.

This interview has been edited and condensed .


Hit Backspace for a regular quantity of pop culture nostalgia .