The beloved host of long-running Nickelodeon TV program Blue’s Clues has appeared in a video to mark the show’s 25th anniversary.
Steve Burns, who was the original host of the series, popped up in a sweet clip shared by Nick Jr, in which he apologised for his sudden departure in 2002.
“Remember when one day, I was like, ‘Oh hey, guess what? Big news, I’m leaving’ … and we didn’t see each other for a really long time? Can we just talk about that?” the 47-year-old said in the video while wearing his signature green striped shirt.
Burns acknowledged his departure was “kind of abrupt”, leaving his ‘brother’ Joe (played by Donovan Patton) at the reins of the show so he could go off to college. But Burns said he has no regrets as he’s come so far, as have the millions of children who watched him back in the day.
“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,” Burns said.
“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.”
Burns hosted the show from when it premiered in 1996 up until his departure in 2002. He passed the baton to Patton, who remained host until 2006.
In 2019, Josh Dela Cruz became the face of the popular program, which is about an animated dog named Blue who joins the host in his adventures, jotting down clues along the way in his Handy-Dandy Notebook before brainstorming in the Thinking Chair.
The original host also spoke out about his departure from the show back in 2016, addressing claims he wanted to pursue a music career.
“That’s actually not true. People think I left the show to pursue a music career. That didn’t happen at all,” he told the Huff Post at the time. “I left the show because it was just simply time to go.
“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.”
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