Blue’s Clues maybe a quarter of a century old (that’s right, it started on Sept. 8, 1996), and to mark the occasion, Steve — the first host of the show’s first four seasons — is back with a message for you. Yes, you! Steve (who was played by Steve Burns) departed the beloved Nick Jr. program (about a blue puppy, named Blue, who leaves clues) during a 2002 episode, “Steve visited College,” handing off hosting duties to his brother, Joe.
On Tuesday, though, OG host Steve returned to talk to fans who may have felt his original series departure abrupt. (Note: He returned for later special episodes and a reboot.) “Hi, you bought a second?” Steve, who returned wearing an updated green striped polo, asks within the clip posted to the Nick Jr. Twitter account.
“You remember how once we were younger we wont to frolic and hang around with Blue, and find clues, and ask Mr. Salt, and freak out about the mail, and do all the fun stuff? then at some point, I used to be 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 school, not returning to the franchise for, “like, a very while .”
“Can we just mention that?” Steve asks within the clip. While he was away, Steve explains he was ready to challenge himself and use his mind. Now, that he’s older, he’s going to do many of the items he wanted to try to do right along. And, in typical Blue’s Clues fashion, Steve acknowledged your journey over the years, too.
“Look in the least you’ve got done and everyone you’ve got accomplished altogether that point,” he says, directly addressing viewers within the style he did back on the show. “And it’s just… it’s with great care amazing, right? I mean, we began with clues and now it’s what? Student loans, and jobs, and families, and a few of that has been quite hard, you recognize? I do know you know.” Even though it has been a short time, Steve explained he wanted you to understand that each one of the assistance you gave him along the way remains to benefit him today.
“And that’s super cool,” he added. “I guess I just wanted to mention that in any case these years I never forgot you. Ever. and I am super glad we’re still friends…” After leaving the show, Burns went on to form music with Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann and drummer Steve Drozd. The trio released an alternate rock album called Songs for Dustmites within the early oughts. But, he’s always been on the brink of his Nick Jr. Blue’s Clues family.
“I’m really protective of the show and therefore the new guy [Donovan Patton],” Burns told EW back in 2003. “But the great thing is now I buy to bust that character out whenever I would like to. It’s quite like being Clark Kent.” Last week, three of the Blue’s Clues hosts (including Steve) reunited during a TikTok for Nickelodeon where they said an extended overdue, “Hello.”