‘Blue’s Clues’ First Host Steve Burns Returns With Video That Moved Fans To TearsIt has been nearly 20 years after he exited the show.
Nineteen years following his sudden departure, original “Blue’s Clues” host Steve Burns on September 8, 2021, finally explained why he bid the show goodbye in 2002, moving people who grew up watching the show to tears and bringing them closure.
Steve’s reason: it was all because he decided to pursue higher education. Like most of his toddler and preschooler viewers who are twenty-somethings now, Burns grew up and faced life outside his home and away from his pet Blue.
“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?” Burns said in a 2-minute video that was shared across Nick Jr.’s social media accounts.
“And then one day, I was like, ‘Oh hey, guess what? Big news, I’m leaving. Here’s 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? Because I realize that was kind of abrupt,” he said.
“I just kinda got up and went to college,” Burns said, dressed in the same striped green shirt he donned in the show, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, for six years.
Speaking directly to the viewer, Burns validated the growing up they had to go through, commending accomplishments, and acknowledging adulthood struggles.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
“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? I mean, we started out with clues, and now, it’s what, student loans, and jobs, and families? And some of it has been kind of hard, you know? I know you know,” he said.
Burns proceeded to give his thanks to the viewer, whom he said helped him get to where he wanted to be in life up until now.
“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,” Burns 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,” Burns said towards the end.
On a heartwarming note, he wrapped up saying: “You look great by the way. Whatever it is you’re doing, is working.”
As of this writing, the video on Nick Jr. has more than 36 million views and over 212,000 comments.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
Upon leaving Blue’s Clues, Steve was replaced by Donovan Patton, who hosted the show until 2006. Noted as one of the most successful shows whose growth was deemed critical to Nickolodeon, Blue’s Clues had a spin-off called Blue’s Room in 2004.
In November of 2019, its reboot series, “Blue’s Clues & You!” premiered with Filipino-American Josh Dela Cruz as the host. Steve With a pleading face (or puppy-dog eyes) emoji was the top trending topic on Twitter Philippines on Wednesday.
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