Those who remember Steve Burns from the popular Nick Jr. show “Blues Clues” are finally getting the answers on why he left the show almost 20 years ago.
The original host made an appearance on the network’s Twitter account in a video posted Tuesday, in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary.
“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,” he explained in the video.
Burns left the show in 2002, telling his “friends” he would be “going to college” and his brother Joe (played by Donovan Patton) would take over, according to CNN. The change had left many younger viewers upset.
To bring nostalgia and feels in his video, he wore the same shirt he used as a host during his time.
From “clues” to “student loans, jobs and families”, Burns closed his video with a heartfelt message to his millennial fans.
“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,” he said. “I guess I just wanted to say that after all these years, I never forgot you. Ever.”
Social media users were floored with emotions after the video was posted that went viral, including those who grew up with Burns during his time as host. Here’s how they reacted:
Did it hurt? When Steve from blues clues left out of nowhere and came back just to say he was proud of you after all this time— CARLY! (@carlyynicole) September 8, 2021
When Steve from Blues Clues comes back 25 years later and tells you he never forgot you, and you're still his friend: pic.twitter.com/BBrCDovz0Q— Justin Colt Canterbury (@saltyfishboi) September 8, 2021
Steve 🥺 Blues Clues was my childhood show, and I've been helping out Steve with clues every single day when I was a child. As an adult, it made me tear up and, realized how time really flies so fast. I've been down lately so hearing those words from him made me feel relieved.— Nero (@MSpector_JM) September 8, 2021
I know the Steve message from Blues Clues today was a video for the masses, but it felt so personal— Jambo (@PlayWithJambo) September 8, 2021
Things like that were never "just a show," they were bonds that we had as kids, and while we understand things will change, it's comforting to know that not everything does ❤ pic.twitter.com/uB55U08DUf