Original Blue's Clues host Steve Burns had his all-grown-up fans of the show emotional when he appeared in a video to mark 25 years of the Nick Jr. series. But the big question is: Where has he been since then?
The 47-year-old hosted the show from the very beginning in 1996 until he handed over hosting duties to his "brother" Joe (Donovan Patton) in the 2002 episode "Steve Went to College."
"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,'" Burns said in the clip.
"I just kinda got up and went to college. 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," he said.
"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? 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," he added.
Burns donned an updated version of his striped green polo shirt from his time on the show in the clip. He also appeared in several other videos with Patton and Blue’s Clues & You! host Josh Dela Cruz.
After he left the children's show, he released a rock album titled Songs for Dustmites with Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann and drummer Steve Drozd. He later started another band with Drozd and Ryan Smith called Steve Burns and the Struggle. They released Deep Sea Recovery Efforts in 2009.
Then in 2017, Burns and Drozd released a children's album together called Foreverywhere under the name StevenSteven.
Burns also took on acting roles in flicks such as Netherbeast Incorporated and Christmas on Mars.
After Burns left the show, there was heavy speculation about what happened. Some of the rumors circulating suggested that he died. He appeared on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and Today to try to put the rumors to bed.
"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," Burns told HuffPost in 2016.
"I certainly wasn’t leaving Blue’s Clues to pursue a large music career because that never even happened. That was just a wonderful dream come true, [a] hobby thing that happened after Blue’s Clues," he added.
After leaving, Burns was still close with the Blue's Clues team. He reportedly wrote and directed some episodes of Blue’s Clues & You!.