Bob Ross’ Business Partner Reveals The Sad Truth About His Famous ‘Fro, And Nothing Is Real Anymore

What’s the point of life anymore if everything is just one big lie after the next? As kids we learn that there is no Santa Claus stuffing our Christmas trees with easy bake ovens and action figures. We learn there isn’t some creep stealing our teeth and leaving coins under our pillows. And now as adults we’re learning Bob Ross’ glorious afro wasn’t just a perm, but something he actually hated. What next?! That mom and dad only stayed together for the kids?!

Bob Ross’ longtime business partner Annette Kowalski recently chatted with NPR about the “meticulous artist behind those happy trees.” Kowalski completely ruined our childhoods with claims that Ross’ legendary hair was the result of a perm and not the natural JewFro once believed. Apparently, a poor Bob Ross, who had just gotten out the Air Force and wasn’t earning much as a painter, was just trying to be financially responsible by cutting his trips to the barbershop.

“He got this bright idea that he could save money on haircuts. So he let his hair grow, he got a perm, and decided he would never need a haircut again,” Kowalski explains. Before he could change it back, though, the perm became his company’s logo — Ross hated it. “He could never, ever, ever change his hair, and he was so mad about that,” Kowalski says. “He got tired of that curly hair.”

I can get over the afro being the result of a perm. But Bob Ross hating his ‘fro? I’m sick.

(via NPR)