Steve Burns, who had a complicated relationship with the popular children’s show he hosted for six years, addressed his viewers almost two decades after his “kind of unexpected” departure.
’90’s kids ‘Blue’s Clues’ star Steve Burns reveals why he left:
Blue’s Clues star Steve Burns recently published a social media tribute highlighting the real reason he left the show and even poured over the strength of all his former 90’s fans who overcame their respective trials and griefs for the sake of a future including,
“student loans, and jobs and families.”
One day in 2002, Steve Burns packed up a bulging backpack and suitcase, said farewell to a speckled blue dog and a room of cartoon furniture, and disappeared into a two-dimensional school bus.
ok suffer with me pic.twitter.com/65HDTkIQZC
— r 🧈🐰 (@epipeny) September 7, 2021
An era of the children’s television series “Blue’s Clues” was suddenly over, leaving countless young viewers bereft of a genial host who encouraged them through their TVs for six formative years.
Steve Burns said:
Aside from occasional appearances in spinoffs, Mr Burns was largely absent from “Blue’s Clues.” His sudden departure became a source of intrigue and rumour as dedicated fans grew up, found one another and wondered — often online — what actually happened to him.
The original host of “Blue’s Clues,” Steve Burns, appeared in a video posted to Nick Jr’s official Twitter page on Tuesday 7 May 2021 a Nickelodeon channel for young children, nearly 20 years after he suddenly exited the show.
Blue’s Clues returns to the spotlight with a loving video in honour of all his 90’s fans.
Dressing the same striped lime-green rugby shirt he used to wear, he addressed his now-adult viewers in character.
Mr Burns, now a producer and musician, could not immediately be reached for comment. But in the years since he left the show, he has spoken about his complicated relationship with fans and the program, which he hosted in his 20s.
Speaking about his departure almost two decades ago, he said,
“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? And then one day, I was like, ‘Oh hey, guess what? Big news… I’m leaving.”
“I just kinda got up and went to college. 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.”
Then, in the positive tone that defined his character, Mr Burns urged viewers to reflect on their own paths,
“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?
Mr Burns acknowledged some of the challenges that his former viewers might have faced.
“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 added that he wanted to thank viewers, saying their support continued to help him.
“I guess I just wanted to say, after all these years, I never forgot you. Ever,” he said.
— Nick Jr. (@nickjr) September 7, 2021
Mr Burn’s video had been watched nearly 34 million times.
His departure from the show led to some wild thoughts among fans. Mr Burns’s Instagram handle, @steveburnsalive, appears to deny rumours of his death.
But as Mr Burns revived his “Blue’s Clues” persona on Tuesday, many fans on social media said that his message struck just the right tone, managing to transport them back to a time of childhood innocence while acknowledging the realities of adulthood and its challenges.
He said in a HuffPost interview that as creators of the show moved on to other projects, he felt that “it was simply time to go,” and joked to Nickelodeon that he “refused to lose my hair on a kid’s TV show.”
Mr Chuck Gaffney on Steve Video:
The video was a particularly sad reminder of the past for Chuck Gaffney, a 37-year-old computer programmer and voice actor in Rocky Point, N.Y.
Who said he had been grieving the recent deaths of his younger brother and cousin. The show had been a favourite pastime for many of his seven younger siblings.
“Time might have moved on but our hearts have not. Seeing messages like this — that there are people there for you — is comforting,” he said in an interview. “We ought to remember being there for each other.”
Mr Gaffney said he planned to introduce the show to his 2-year-old daughter.
“Blue’s Clues” ended in 2006, but the show was rebooted in 2019 as “Blue’s Clues & You!” It is hosted by Joshua Dela Cruz, the franchise’s first Asian American host. A new season is set to air in October.
People are emotional after former Blue’s Clues host Steve returns on Tweeter:
Almost immediately fans also started to crowd to the video tribute and poured over Burns’ loving attitude and sincerity.
Things have changed a lot since you left, Steve, but we’ve always believed in you, who believed in us 💚
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 8, 2021
Here’s my son Tommy, watching you at 2. Now he’s 22 and he was working on the set with you last month. Full circle. Love Blues Clues! pic.twitter.com/KrcZem5onQ
— Jennifer (@jspagano) September 8, 2021
Ok well I wasn’t expecting to break down crying today!!! I love you Steve!!! pic.twitter.com/DfJbB0yENA
— Emma Hausler (@emmahausler) September 7, 2021
i remember watching an interview with Steve where he mentioned if he could do a “mature blues clues” that it would be at a detective agency, and i smiled so hard when i saw his little cameo in the new series as a detective!! what a great way to celebrate 25 years
— junction (CHECK PINNED) (@JUNCTl0N) September 7, 2021
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