Steve had abruptly left the show in 2002, leaving kids heartbroken and it made it all the worse that there was no reason given for his exit.
If you were a kid who grew up watching Nick Jr.'s series Blue's Clues, you probably still haven't processed the pain of watching host 'Steve' leave the show. It just wasn't that he left but the abruptness of his exit, without an explanation. Many of us grew up along with Steve, the enthusiastic host of Blue's Clues, and to suddenly watch him abandon us to "go to college" and leave us in the hands of his "brother" Joe was heartbreaking, to say the least. He was an intrinsic part of many people's childhood. Steve Burns, the actor who played his namesake on Blue's Clues, has finally checked in on us and gave us closure on that exit. The internet just couldn't hold in their emotions after seeing their old friend after so many years.
So about that time Steve went off to college… #BluesClues25 pic.twitter.com/O8NOM2eRjy— Nick Jr. (@nickjr) September 7, 2021
On the 25 anniversary of the series about a lovable guy named Steve and his mystery-solving dog Blue, Steve reached out to the fans on Twitter in his iconic attire — striped green shirt and khaki pants. The video posted on Nick Jr.'s official Twitter account went viral immediately. The video has been liked by close to 2 million people and shared by 750k times.
ok suffer with me pic.twitter.com/65HDTkIQZC— r 🧈🐰 (@epipeny) September 7, 2021
"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?" he said, reported CNN. "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? Great. Because I realize that was kind of abrupt," said Steve, acknowledging the pain his exit had caused.
Why did we grow up pic.twitter.com/9WkTULAJXS— Mel (@mellygirl67) September 7, 2021
I noticed that he says thank you in ASL 😩💙 That’s so sweet! We love you, Steve!! Thanks for making most of our childhoods brighter~ pic.twitter.com/ggFe2DBVYc— Vi-Chan (@ViChan247) September 7, 2021
All of his fans are now grown up with adult responsibilities, and for a brief second, it felt like he had turned back time. "I mean we started out with clues and now it's what? Student loans. And jobs. And families," he said, and many of us felt heard. "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," he added, leaving everyone feeling nostalgic and reaching for the tissue box. Cue the waterworks.
We never forgot you either, Steve 😭😭😭💕💕💕 pic.twitter.com/LAPdkQ28lJ— Jenny Yokobori (@JennyYokobori) September 7, 2021
If that wasn't enough, he walked back into the screen and said, "You look great by the way. Whatever it is you're doing, it's working."
Not Steve being proud of me 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/dEAVmzmZ7N— Bri ✨ (@storymodebae) September 7, 2021
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?— The wild wild Des (@ManiacDrapto) September 7, 2021
Fans who grew up watching Steve got very emotional on seeing the message. One person wrote, "And here I am, a full-grown adult, crying over this video. Blue's Clues was my favorite show as a kid, I still remember watching it in my grandma's old house, and I truly hope Steve knows how much his place in our childhoods meant to a lot of kids." Another person posted a picture of their Blue's Clues-themed birthday party from their childhood and wrote, "Steve & Blue, Thank you for being a friend to all of us. You taught me kindness, creativity, & friendship. You taught me that I could grow up to be anything I wanted if I put my mind to it. Thank you for being there for us before we knew just how much we needed you."
Was not expecting to open twitter hear some of the stuff I've needed to hear for years now from Steve from Blue Clues but here I am and I'm crying pic.twitter.com/mwoub2trZW— Chibs 🌙 Lost Judgment and WPS anime hype (@little_chibs) September 7, 2021
Millennials crying over Steve’s message because he reached out and talked to our inner children and he had the balls to say to us what most of our caregivers never said.— M (@morriganfaj) September 8, 2021
steve 🥺 pic.twitter.com/Kgp7OgUXyw— ⛅️🍓glaisdale🍓⛅️ (@glaisdalekz) September 8, 2021
Cover image source: Twitter/nickjr