Steve from ‘Blue’s Clues’ is back to make things right with millennials

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For many a millennial kid, Steve Burns of “Blue's Clues” was a steady presence in our lives. Until he wasn't. Burns – or as everyone knows him, Steve – left the show abruptly in 2002, giving many 90s kids their first taste of being ghosted. WGN-TVSteve from ‘Blue’s Clues’ is back to make things right with millennials

Burns – or as everyone knows him, Steve – left the show abruptly in 2002, giving many 90s kids their first taste of being ghosted. He told viewers he was leaving for college and his brother Joe would be taking over the job of hunting for clues, waiting for mail time, talking to Mr. Salt, et cetera. And, just like that, Steve was gone.

Nearly two decades later, Steve has returned to give us closure.

“Can we just talk about that?” he says in a video posted by Nick Jr. to Twitter. “Because I realize that was kind of abrupt.”

Steve calls his time in “college” – we’re sticking with that cover story, it seems – “challenging” but “great.” He acknowledges all that’s changed in the past 20 or so years.

“Look at you, and look at all you have done and all you have accomplished in all that time. It’s just so amazing, right? I mean we started out with clues, and now it’s what? Student loans, and jobs, and families.”

But Steve wouldn’t just leave us with thoughts of student loan debt and 9-to-5 jobs.

“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 says, instantly melting our real world-hardened hearts.

So about that time Steve went off to college… #BluesClues25 pic.twitter.com/O8NOM2eRjy

The show, which debuted in Sept. 8, 1996, celebrates its 25th birthday Wednesday.

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Former 'Blue's Clues' host Steve has message for show's grown-up fans: 'I never forgot you'

Entertainment Weekly News 08 September, 2021 - 05:11am

Steve (who was played by Steve Burns) departed the beloved Nick Jr. program (about a blue puppy, named Blue, who leaves clues) in a 2002 episode, "Steve Went to College," handing off hosting duties to his brother, Joe.

On Tuesday, though, OG host Steve returned to speak directly to fans who may have felt his original series departure abrupt. (Note: He returned for later special episodes, and a reboot.)

"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,'" Steve recalled, before reminding the all-grown-up fans of the beloved partially animated series about the time he departed for college, not returning to the franchise for, "like, a really long time."

"Can we just talk about that?" Steve asks in the clip.

While he was away, Steve explains he was able to challenge himself, and use his mind. Now, that he's older, he's getting to do many of the things he wanted to do all along.

And, in typical Blue's Clues fashion, Steve acknowledged your journey over the years, too.

"Look at all you have done and all you have accomplished in all that time," he says, directly addressing viewers in the style he did back on the show. "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 that has been kind of hard, you know? I know you know."

Even though it's been a while, Steve explained he wanted you to know that all the help you gave him along the way is still benefitting him today.

"And that's super cool," he added. "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…"

After leaving the show, Burns went on to make music with Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann and drummer Steve Drozd. The trio released an alternative rock album called Songs for Dustmites in the early oughts. But, he's always been close to his Nick Jr. Blue's Clues family.

"I'm really protective of the show and the new guy [Donovan Patton]," Burns told EW back in 2003. "But the nice thing is now I get to bust that character out whenever I want to. It's kind of like being Clark Kent."

Last week, three of the Blue's Clues hosts (including Steve) reunited in a TikTok for Nickelodeon where they said a long overdue, "Hello."

Over the summer, Nickelodeon greenlit a new Blue's Clues movie, Blue's Clues & You!

Steve From Blue's Clues Is Sorry for Ghosting You

Gizmodo 08 September, 2021 - 05:11am

Steve (who was played by Steve Burns) departed the beloved Nick Jr. program (about a blue puppy, named Blue, who leaves clues) in a 2002 episode, "Steve Went to College," handing off hosting duties to his brother, Joe.

On Tuesday, though, OG host Steve returned to speak directly to fans who may have felt his original series departure abrupt. (Note: He returned for later special episodes, and a reboot.)

"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,'" Steve recalled, before reminding the all-grown-up fans of the beloved partially animated series about the time he departed for college, not returning to the franchise for, "like, a really long time."

"Can we just talk about that?" Steve asks in the clip.

While he was away, Steve explains he was able to challenge himself, and use his mind. Now, that he's older, he's getting to do many of the things he wanted to do all along.

And, in typical Blue's Clues fashion, Steve acknowledged your journey over the years, too.

"Look at all you have done and all you have accomplished in all that time," he says, directly addressing viewers in the style he did back on the show. "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 that has been kind of hard, you know? I know you know."

Even though it's been a while, Steve explained he wanted you to know that all the help you gave him along the way is still benefitting him today.

"And that's super cool," he added. "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…"

After leaving the show, Burns went on to make music with Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann and drummer Steve Drozd. The trio released an alternative rock album called Songs for Dustmites in the early oughts. But, he's always been close to his Nick Jr. Blue's Clues family.

"I'm really protective of the show and the new guy [Donovan Patton]," Burns told EW back in 2003. "But the nice thing is now I get to bust that character out whenever I want to. It's kind of like being Clark Kent."

Last week, three of the Blue's Clues hosts (including Steve) reunited in a TikTok for Nickelodeon where they said a long overdue, "Hello."

Over the summer, Nickelodeon greenlit a new Blue's Clues movie, Blue's Clues & You!

Tunch Ilkin Remembered For Dedication To Light Of Life Rescue Mission

CBS Pittsburgh 08 September, 2021 - 05:11am

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Tunch Ilkin’s dedication to Light of Life Rescue Mission is being remembered after his death.

Light of Life says it is receiving prayers from people all over the world for Ilkin, who died on Saturday, three months after announcing his retirement to focus on his battle with ALS.

Ilkin was totally dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness, the hungry, and those in need of hope.

“There have been so many lives impacted by Tunch,” said Jerrell Gilliam, the executive director for Light of Life Rescue Mision.

At Light of Life Rescue Mission on Pittsburgh’s North Side when Ilkin walked in the door 35 years ago, his heart for helping and sharing his faith found its home. For the past 19 years, he and former Steelers teammate Craig Wolfley held the Tunch and Wolf’s Walk for the Homeless.

During this summer’s walk as the city proclaimed Tunch Ilkin Day, the two former Steelers announced the “Thanks a Million” campaign.

Ilkin was able to see the fruit of his faith earlier this year when the mission moved from a cramped facility on East North Avenue to a 23,000-square-foot facility on Madison Avenue.

But the mission said it’s what Ilkin did behind the scenes that truly changed lives.

“People who once were addicts, people who were on the streets are coming up and telling me stories of how they interacted with Tunch. How Tunch would walk up to them and ask if he could pray for them and encourage them if they were having a difficult time. He would share his number,” Gilliam said.

Right now, Light of Life is seeing another kind of outpouring: people who want to give, volunteer, and serve just like Ilkin.

“He wants to love other people and he wants to leave the world a better place. And I think we can all agree that his mission was accomplished and I believe he is hearing, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant,'” Gilliam said.

Light of Life said the Tunch and Wolf “Thanks a Million” campaign has helped pave the way for a 45,000-square-foot facility nearby for those struggling with addictions and mental illness.

Steve from Blue's Clues Talks About Growing Up and Why He Left Show: 'I Never Forgot About You'

PEOPLE 08 September, 2021 - 05:11am

In a video message Tuesday to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary, Burns returned — clad in his iconic green-striped shirt — to share a heartfelt explanation about his "abrupt" departure back in 2002 and reflect on the impact the show has had on his life.

"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!' " he began the video message, adding: "Can we just talk about that?"

"I realize that was kind of abrupt. I just kinda got up and went to college," he continued. "That was really challenging, by the way, but great because I got to use my mind and take a step away...and now I literally am doing many of the things that I wanted to do. And then look at you! And look at all you have done and all you have accomplished in all that time! It's just so amazing, right?"

He added, "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. 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."

In conclusion, Burns said he "just wanted to say that, after all these years, I never forgot you...ever. And I'm super glad we're still friends."

This isn't the first time that Burns has discussed his decision to leave the popular children's show. When he left in 2002, he was first replaced by Donovan Patton as "Joe."

"I knew I wasn't going to be doing children's television all my life, mostly because I refused to lose my hair on a kid's TV show, and it was happening, fast," he explained later in the special, Behind the Clues: 10 Years with Blue.

Blue's Clues returned to TV in 2019 with Broadway star Joshua Dela Cruz as its host. Just like Burns did, Dela Cruz has a Thinking Chair, a Handy Dandy Notebook and friends like Tickety Tock, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, Mailbox and Magenta.

When news of Dela Cruz' casting was announced, Burns shared that he was elated for the actor, and even had a hand in casting him.

"I had the great honor of being a part of the search for the new host, and I give Josh two thumbs up!" said Burns in an earlier statement. "He can definitely fill my shoes, and the rugby shirt."

'Blue's Clues' host Steve Burns brings fans to tears with 25th anniversary video

Newsweek 08 September, 2021 - 04:00am

Burns hosted the educational preschool children's show from its 1996 launch until he left in 2002, when Donovan Patton took over, playing Steve's younger brother Joe. And fans of the Nickelodeon favorite were taken on a heartwarming trip down memory lane on Tuesday, thanks to a video of Burns back in character as Steve.

Wearing his signature striped green shirt and speaking in gentle tones, Burns addressed his departure from the show, assuring fans that he hadn't forgotten them.

In the clip, shared on the Nick Jr. Twitter account, 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 so all the fun stuff.

"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? Great. Because I realize that was kind of abrupt.

"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."

"And some of it has been kind of hard, you know? I know you know. And 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."

Tugging at heartstrings, he concluded: "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. Thanks for listening. You look great, by the way. Whatever it is you're doing, it's working."

So about that time Steve went off to college… #BluesClues25 pic.twitter.com/O8NOM2eRjy

Not this random #BluesClues25 clip eviscerating me emotionally and ambushing me with existential feels… https://t.co/ISZqAMiUEP

The video drew an emotional reaction from Twitter users who had grown up watching Burns and his animated sidekick, Blue the dog.

"This made me really emotional," commented pro gamer Ray Narvaez, Jr. "Blues Clues was such a big part of my childhood so every time I see Steve I kinda breakdown a little bit."

Dakota News Now meteorologist Tyler Roney wrote: "Steve from Blues Clues: I never forgot you," before sharing a meme of a weeping cat with the caption "People that grew up watching the show."

Gangsta tears were shed 😭 Thank you, Steve🥲 #BluesClues25 https://t.co/Oivt4yDrho

Web developer Brett S. Vergara tweeted: "Not this random #BluesClues25 clip eviscerating me emotionally and ambushing me with existential feels…"

Adrian Colbert, who recently signed to the New York Jets, also got emotional, writing: "Gangsta tears were shed 😭 Thank you, Steve."

Another fan of the show tweeted: "Realizing that my abandonment issues were stemming from Steve of Blue's Clues this whole time was a revelation I was not expecting today, but I'm glad he provided so many of us who grew up with him some form of closure. 🥺"

In a 2016 interview with the Huffington Post, Burns addressed his reasons for leaving the show, after wild rumors and theories had circulated online for years.

"I left the show because it was just simply time to go," he said. "I was pretty much playing a boyish, older-brotherish kind of character on the show.

"I was getting older; I was losing my hair. A lot of the original gangsters on the show, like the people who created it, were all moving on to other careers. It just felt like time. I just had a gut feeling like it was time to go."

A reboot of the show called Blue's Clues & You! began on Nickelodeon in 2019, with both original hosts making cameos in the premiere episode.

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Steve from ‘Blue's Clues’ says he’s proud of us — 25 years later

Deadline 07 September, 2021 - 11:37pm

Steve, played by actor Steve Burns, popped up on the Nick Jr. Twitter account on Tuesday with a sweet diatribe about his time on the show.

So about that time Steve went off to college… #BluesClues25 pic.twitter.com/O8NOM2eRjy

— Nick Jr. (@nickjr) September 7, 2021

Burns, in character, begins the video talking about his “abrupt” departure from the show in 2002 to go to college. He goes on to say that university was “really challenging” but great because he got to “use my mind and take a step at a time.”

He adds that now he’s doing all the things he set out to do.

“Then look at you and look at all you have done and all you have accomplished in all that time,” Burns says.

“I mean, we started out with clues,” he says. "And now, it's what — student loans and jobs and families? And some of it has been kind of hard, you know?”

Burns, now 47, starred on the show from 1996 to 2002. He concludes the video by saying he's proud of all his fans for growing up and helping him to do the same.

“I wanted to tell you that I really couldn't have done all of that without your help,” he says. “I'm super glad we're still friends.”

Related: The sing-along features an animated version of drag queen Nina West, a beloved "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant from season 11.

Fans immediately took to the video to share their emotional responses. Dozens of people tweeted memes about crying and how much they’d missed him.

“It’s honestly nice hearing Steve still talking to us in character after all these years,” @SuperiorArtemis tweeted. “No matter how much time has passed since we said goodbye, it just makes the next time we say hello all the more joyful.”

It’s honestly nice hearing Steve still talking to us in character after all these years. No matter how much time has passed since we said goodbye, it just makes the next time we say hello all the more joyful pic.twitter.com/kFkRKcc5dE

— Arty the Goth 🅱unBoi (@SuperiorArtemis) September 7, 2021

“Ok well I wasn’t expecting to break down crying today!!!,” @emmahausler replied with a photo of her meeting Burns as a child. “I love you Steve!!!”

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’m proud of you too, random stranger. You’ve probably had things to deal with that you felt could break you, that you could never get passed, but you’re here right now. That means a lot. So even if you think no one else will say it, I’m proud of you," @FinnGeneration replied.

Some fans even brainstormed some legit spinoff ideas for an adult Steve character:

“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?” @ManiacDrapto posted.

Nickelodeon has planned several events to celebrate "Blue's Clues" turning a quarter of a century old. In addition to several nostalgic videos about the show on social media, the network is also slated to make a film about the show's current star and the iconic cartoon dog in the coming months, the Associated Press reported.

“Blues Clues & You” — the rebooted version of the show starring Joshua Dela Cruz —is also scheduled to air a special “It’s Your Birthday” episode on Sept. 17. The episode will ask young viewers to also celebrate their own birthdays.

While many of Burns' original fans might be too old to tune into that particular episode, they can definitely appreciate the compliment at the end of Tuesday's video.

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

The original Blue's Clues host is back — and leaving fans in tears.

Original “Blue’s Clues” host Steve Burns has finally clued the world into why he left the popular children’s show in 2002. In a viral clip posted to Nick Jr.’s Twitter account, Burns explained that he decided to go to college. “You remember how when we were younger, we used to run around and hang out […]

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Steve From 'Blue's Clues' Returns With 2-Minute Message That Has Everyone Crying

HuffPost 07 September, 2021 - 09:11pm

He talks about leaving the show and all that’s happened since in a new video posted on the Nick Jr. Twitter feed celebrating 25 years of “Blue Clues.” 

Burns originated the role when it first aired in 1996 and, as he notes in the video above, handed off hosting duties to “Joe,” portrayed by Donovan Patton, in 2002. Patton held the gig until the show went off the air in 2006. 

The show was rebooted in 2019 as “Blue’s Clues & You!” with Josh Dela Cruz as host. 

Burns has written and directed some episodes of the new series, and both he and Patton appeared in the premiere. 

Nick Jr. brought all three hosts together for a series of videos celebrating the show:

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