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‘Blue’s Clues’ original host Steve Burns posts reassuring message after his departure so long ago

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Sometimes some reassuring words from an old friend from the past can be just what a person needs.

Steve Burns is arriving at just the right time. The original host of the popular children’s show “Blue’s Clues” on Nickelodeon has re-emerged in a video on social media explaining his departure from the show way back in 2002 ... his decision to leave for college.

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“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?” Burns says in the video. “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? Because I realize that was kind of abrupt.”

Burns delivers the message in his familiar green-striped shirt, wearing a hat and glasses.

“I just kind of got up and went to college,” Burns continues. “And that was really challenging by the way, but great because I got to use my mind and take a step at a time and now I literally am doing many of the things that I wanted to do.” (A nice reference to the song Burns sang during every episode.)

After explaining his decision to leave, Burns then directs his attention to the people who used to watch him ... like him, now much older (Burns is 47, although he doesn’t look much older than when he hosted).

“And then look at you, and look at all you have done, and all you have accomplished in all that time. And it’s just, it’s just so amazing, right?” Burns says. “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. 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.”

As a walkoff, Burns offers a compliment to those watching.

“You look great by the way. Whatever it is you’re doing, it’s working.”

The video was posted by Nickelodeon as part of the celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary. Joshua Dela Cruz currently hosts the show.

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