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Blue’s Clues host Steve Burns tells millennials he’s ‘glad we’re still friends’ in touching message


Steve Burns has released a new video for adults who mourned his departure from beloved children’s show Blue’s Clues to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

When we saw him last, the show’s first host hopped on a computer-animated bus and ‘went to college’ wearing a baseball cap and carrying his suitcase – leaving Blue’s Clues in the hands of his ‘brother,’ played by Donovan Patton.

In the new video, Steve – now 47 – updates fans that his character went to college after he said goodbye to the animated dog Blue and left the show in 2002 – devastating his young viewers and sparking rumors about his abrupt exit.

The two-minute clip, posted on Tuesday by Nickelodeon channel for young viewers Nick Jr., has since gone massively viral with more than 26 million views just on Twitter with fans reacting to the thrilling new message from Steve.

‘Hi, you got a second? Okay, you remember how when we were younger we used to run around and hang out with Blue and find clues and talk to Mr. Salt and freak out about the mail and do all the fun stuff?’ Steve said in the new video.

‘And then one day, I was like ‘Oh hey, guess what? Big news … I’m leaving. This is my brother Joe, he’s your new best friend.’ And then I got on a bus and I left – and we didn’t see each other for like a really long time. Can we just talk about that?’

The video marked the 25th anniversary of the show on Wednesday

Blue’s Clues original host Steve Burns returned with a message for his old fans, who are now adults, marking the 25th anniversary of the show on Wednesday

True friends: Looking back on the years since in a surprise video on Nick Jr's Twitter, Burns - who left the show for college in 2002 - told audiences: 'I just wanted to say that after all these years I never forgot you. Ever. And I'm super glad we're still friends'

True friends: Looking back on the years since in a surprise video on Nick Jr’s Twitter, Burns – who left the show for college in 2002 – told audiences: ‘I just wanted to say that after all these years I never forgot you. Ever. And I’m super glad we’re still friends’

Steve, in character, told his fans that he never forgot about them

Steve, in character, told his fans that he never forgot about them

Steve, wearing his signature green striped polo along with a baseball hat, admitted that it was ‘kind of abrupt’ that he left the show to go to college, which he said was ‘really challenging, by the way.’

‘But great because I got to use my mind and take a step at a time, and now I literally am doing many of the things that I wanted to do,’ Steve said.

The former Blue’s Clues host then told his fans it was ‘amazing’ how they have grown up since watching him on TV, in a particularly emotionally rousing part of the video.

‘And then look at you, and look at all you have done and all you have accomplished in all that time. And it’s just, it’s just so amazing, right?’ he said.

‘I mean, we started out with clues and now it’s what? Student loans, and jobs, and families, and some of that has been kind of hard, you know? I know you know.’

Steve then thanked his former viewers for helping him solve the clues left by the spotted dog Blue, which would advise of her plans for the day which the host and audience would figure out together.

‘I wanted to tell you that I really couldn’t have done all of that without your help and in fact, all the help that you helped me with when we were younger is still helping me today, right now. And that’s super cool,’ Steve said.

‘I guess I just wanted to say that after all these years, I never forgot you. Ever. And I’m super glad we’re still friends.’

He ended the clip with a bit of lighthearted humor, telling his fans: ‘You look great by the way. Whatever it is you’re doing, is working.’ 

Steve is seen leaving the show in his final episode while his replacement, Joe, watches in the background

Steve is seen leaving the show in his final episode while his replacement, Joe, watches in the background

Steve hopped on a computer-animated bus and 'went to college' wearing a baseball cap and carrying his suitcase - leaving Blue's Clues in the hands of his 'brother'

Steve hopped on a computer-animated bus and ‘went to college’ wearing a baseball cap and carrying his suitcase – leaving Blue’s Clues in the hands of his ‘brother’

Retro: The former Nickelodeon talent, now 47, was a fixture of many millennials' childhoods, tasked to help cartoon dog Blue solve mysteries on the children's series

Retro: The former Nickelodeon talent, now 47, was a fixture of many millennials’ childhoods, tasked to help cartoon dog Blue solve mysteries on the children’s series

Fans of the show were quick to post about the video, and the emotions it stirred in them looking back on the beloved children’s show.

‘Can Steve come back and compassionately tell me how to get a Clue as an adult. Like how to qualify for a mortgage and meal prep?’ Twitter user @ManiacDrapto joked.

Others quipped about feeling abandoned after Steve’s abrupt exit in 2002, writing: ‘Steve trying to come back into our lives like that dad that ran to the store to grab milk…… 25 years ago.’ 

Twitter user @sugatradamus wrote: ‘my first ever breakup.. ily steve.’

Some just posted memes noting the ‘waterworks’ that the clip sprung from them, with images of faucets and men crying. 

People were quick to post their reactions to the new video on Twitter

People were quick to post their reactions to the new video on Twitter

The video game Among Us tweeted ‘well I didn’t expect to be crying today but here we are’ to which Nick Jr. responded: ‘It’s ok, you’re among friends.’

Some Twitter users simply posted pictures of themselves as children getting to meet the younger Steve when he hosted the show. 

Even those who didn’t watch the show, like the indie music group Tegan and Sara, posted about the emotional video, writing: ‘I didn’t even watch #BluesClues25 and I cried watching this video.’ 

Blue’s Clues premiered on Nick Jr. on September 8, 1996 and has been called ‘one of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and ground-breaking preschool television series of all time’ in a brief documentary on the show.

Steve’s departure from Blue’s Clues was surrounded by some dark rumors, with hoaxes claiming he had died from a heroin overdose or was killed in a car accident prevalent for years. Other rumors claimed Steve was actually a porn star.

After hearing some of the first rumors, Steve’s mom called him crying to make sure he was okay, he told DailyMail.com in 2017. 

‘It’s awkward. It’s not pleasant. It’s bizarre and surreal. I think that perhaps Blue’s Clues and that rumor kind of started in the age when the internet was really kind of becoming a place where people sought news,’ Steve said.

‘So I think it was a little extra sneaky because of that. But other than that, I couldn’t tell you where it started or why it started or why it persists. I really couldn’t.’

New guys! He gathered with the new hosts at the end of the clip

New guys! He gathered with the new hosts at the end of the clip

Post-Blues: After leaving the show, Burns embarked on a music career, working with Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann and drummer Steve Drozd on an alternative rock album called Songs for Dustmites in the early 2000s

Post-Blues: After leaving the show, Burns embarked on a music career, working with Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann and drummer Steve Drozd on an alternative rock album called Songs for Dustmites in the early 2000s

The rumors have even been tackled by urban myth-busting websites that suggest another of Steve’s television appearances is what launched the rumors.

In 1995, Steve appeared on an episode of Law and Order where his character, Kevin Jeffries, died in police custody after police thought he was on drugs. They later discovered he was autistic.

For a young child who might have seen the episode and been unable to distinguish Steve from Blue’s Clues and his Law and Order character, his ‘death’ might cause confusion and be an easy place to start a rumor.

Steve said he had simply decided to leave Blue’s Clues to go back to his career as a voice over artist, and didn’t want to continue working on-screen – adding that he was ‘burned out’ from doing the show for seven years.

He later embarked on a music career working with Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann and drummer Steve Drozd on an alternative rock album called Songs for Dustmites in the early 2000s. 

‘Everyone wants there to be a dramatic answer and there’s not. I wish I had a cool answer for this, but I just – I did it for like seven years and it just seemed like time to go. It just seemed like the right time,’ Steve told DailyMail.com.

‘I was just getting older and I kind of occupied this weird older brother space on that show. Like I was sort of an adult, but not really.’

He added: ‘It just really felt like a good, comfortable time to go and I felt like this show is awesome – and it felt like a very comfortable thing. There wasn’t any weird dramatic or more interesting answer than that.’

‘To be honest with you, I was just really burned out. I was in every take of every show every day for all those years on a blue screen, so I was like, I just didn’t have any more performance left in the show business land. 

Steve said he was also balding, which contributed to his decision to leave. 

‘I was going bald and I kind of looked around and I’m like – the people who decided that I should wear these pants are not going to choose a wig with any dignity for me,’ Steve told DailyMail.com, laughing about the khakis he wore on the show. 

The former TV host, who served as the only live-action character on the show, said Blue’s Clues inventor Angela Santomero took ‘a lot of crazy risks that are now normal’ like breaking the fourth wall to engage children.

The entire show, from the colors that were used for the animation to the short songs and dances, was specifically designed to help with early childhood development.

It eventually became one of the highest-rated television shows for preschoolers in America and there were off-shoots of the show all over the world.

In fact, even Steve’s exist from Blue’s Clues had been meticulously planned so that young viewers wouldn’t be shocked or too upset – easing him out in ‘baby steps.’

They had a three-part special where Donovan Patton’s character Joe came to the house to learn to play Blue’s Clues, Steve told viewers he was going to college and Steve packed and left. 

Joe took over playing ‘Blue’s Clues’ with the children and Blue and when Steve said goodbye, he was sure to thank the children for helping him grow.

Show creators compared the transition to meeting a new babysitter or going to school for the first time and they wanted to be sure that the children would be happy for Steve. 

And a new generation is now going to get the opportunity to discover with Blue. Nickelodeon greenlit a new movie, Blue’s Clues & You this past summer.



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