Steve Burns was the original host of the children’s educational program “Blue’s Clues” from the show’s inception in 1996 to 2002.
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In a video message to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary, Burns returned in his famous green striped shirt to explain to fans why he left in 2002.
After six years and over 100 episodes, Burns abruptly left the show, opting to attend college instead of continuing the role.
Fans were upset when the news broke out. However, Steve made his triumphant return, and he brought along a message for all those “Blue’s Clues” fans who are now grown up.
The now 47-year-old Steve explained in a video that has gone viral that even after all these years, “I never forgot you.”
"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."
Burns closed his message saying "You look great by the way. Whatever it is you’re doing, is working.”