Thursday, September 09, 2021

Original ‘Blues Clues’ Host Steve Burns Returns to Address Abrupt Exit: ‘I Never Forgot You’ (Video)

”We started out with clues and now it’s, what, student loans?“ he says on the beloved Nickelodeon show’s 25th anniversary

Nickelodeon reunited all three Blue’s Clues hosts in celebration of the beloved kids show’s 25th anniversary, and a video message from original host Steve Burns has the show’s original generation of fans feeling emotional.

In the video, Burns wore the striped green shirt that was his character Steve’s trademark look on the show and reflected on the things he’s accomplished in the years since his time on Blue’s Clues. He also addressed his “abrupt” exit that left fans reeling nearly two decades ago.

Using his gentle, friendly “Steve” voice, he asks if we remember when “one day, I was like, ‘Oh hey, guess what? Big news, I’m leaving’… and we didn’t see each other for a really long time? Can we just talk about that?”

Burns acknowledges that his departure was “kind of abrupt,” but he got to go to college, and “now I am literally doing many of the things that I wanted to do.” He also marvels at how far his viewers have come in the years since he last saw them: They started out with clues, and now they have “student loans and jobs and families, and some of it has been kind of hard, right?” But “I really couldn’t have done all that without your help,” he says, adding “I guess I just wanted to say that after all these years I never forgot you,” Burns said. “Ever.”

Burns hosted the show from its premiere in 1996 until his departure in 2002, which was explained by his character leaving for college. He was replaced by Donovan Patton as Steve’s younger brother Joe. Joshua Dela Cruz hosts the current iteration of the series on Nick Jr., Blue’s Clues and You!

The three hosts last came together in 2019 for the premiere episode of Blue’s Clues and You!

The original Blue’s Clues series launched on Sept. 8, 1996 and ran for six seasons. Created by Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler and Angela C. Santomero, Blue’s Clues earned nine Emmy nominations and has remained one of the most popular preschool shows of all time.

Nickelodeon’s 25th anniversary celebration includes a feature-length Blue’s Clues & You! movie, a birthday-themed TV special set to air Sept. 17, an original music video directed by Burns featuring all three hosts and a partnership with the nonprofit organization Save the Children. You can read more about Nick's #BluesClues25 celebrations here.
You can catch new episodes of Blue’s Clues & You on Nickelodeon, and you can find the classic Blue’s Clues on Paramount+ and Noggin. Parents and caregivers can try Paramount+ for FREE at

Steve From Blue's Clues Has a Message For You! 💙 | NickRewind #Shorts

If you can get through this video without tearing up... you're lying.  In celebration of the Blue's Clues 25th Anniversary, our old pal Steve has dropped by with a message for all of the kids (now adults!) that grew up with him solving Blue's Clues and Skidoo-ing all over!

 “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 says in the video. “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.”

“I just kind of got up and went to college,” Burns continues. “And that 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.” (A nice reference to the song Burns sang during every episode.)

After explaining his decision to leave, Burns then directs his attention to the people who used to watch him ... like him, now much older (Burns is 47, although he doesn’t look much older than when he hosted).

“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?” Burns says. “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.

“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. 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.”

As a walkoff, Burns offers a compliment to those watching.

“You look great by the way. Whatever it is you’re doing, it’s working.”

The original real reason Steve gave from leaving is because he was going bald. Earlier this year it finally came out that a major motivator for Burns to leave the show was due to an interest in pursuing a music career (with Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann and drummer Steve Drozd​​).

Originally published: September 08, 2021 at 01:38 BST.

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