90s kids will remember. Because you don’t forget this kind of pain.
In the late 90s, Blues Clues was a big deal. 25 years later, it still is! The Nick Jr. children’s TV show launched 25 years ago today, on September 8, 1996, with host Steve Burns and his cartoon costar Blue, the puppy. Together they gently educated kids on a variety of topics by solving riddles through Blue’s clues. For four years, Steve and his striped green polo were a mainstay in kids’ lives. And then Steve left.
In 2002, in an episode called “Steve Went to College,” his brother Joe took over hosting duties and was never seen again (aside from some appearances on special episodes and the premiere of the 2019 reboot). Until yesterday!
Steve returned via Twitter, to explain and apologize for his abrupt departure, and his video message left social media verklempt.
“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.”
He explained how going to college was really meaningful to him, and helped him get where he is today. And then he turned it around on viewers, as usual, and gave us all the feels.
“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 that has been kind of hard, you know? I know you know. And that’s super cool,” he added. “I guess I just wanted to say that after all these years I never forgot you. Ever.”
Check out the video, and have tissues handy:
— Nick Jr. (@nickjr) September 7, 2021