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Steve Burns alive and well fifteen years after leaving Blue’s Clues

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Fans of iconic children’s TV show, Blue’s Clues still want to know why Steve Burns left – here’s the answer.

Blue’s Clues

Blue’s Clues is an American live-action/animated educational children’s television series that aired on Nickelodeon from September 1996 –  August 2006.

The show was created for pre-school age children and was intended to aid early childhood development. From the colours that were used for the animation to the short songs and dance, Blue’s Clues was meant to entertain and teach little ones for thirty-minute intervals.

One of the show’s greatest innovations was that it featured a human host who would speak directly to the audience. Steve Burns hosted the show for its first seven-year run.

Steve’s character would ask the audience for help to solve games and puzzles that his animated dog, Blue would lead them through. Blue would leave her blue paw print on objects throughout the cartoon house and Steve would draw or write down each clue in his ‘handy dandy notebook’. At the end of each 30-minute episode, he would sit in his ‘Thinking Chair’ to figure out what Blue’s message was.

Burns became a hit with child viewers. To this day, fans of the show post ‘thank you’ messages on his social media pages.

Why Steve Burns left

Burns left Blue’s Clues in 2002. He has explained that he left in part simply because he felt it was time to move on. He also wanted to pursue his career in voice-over artistry. Burns has also cited burn out as one of the reasons he decided to make his exit.

There is a funny side to Burn’s exit as well. At the time of his departure, he had started to go bald. He despised the idea of wearing a wig picked out by the people who forced him to wear a striped rugby shirt and khaki pants on television every day.  And so, he left to keep his integrity intact.

Steve Burns’s character was eased out of the show gradually not to upset or confuse young viewers. Steve was replaced by his younger brother, Joe (played by Donovan Patton). The show aired a three-part special where Joe came to the house to learn to play Blue’s Clues. Steve told viewers he was going to college and packed to leave. Joe took over playing ‘Blue’s Clues’ with the children and Blue and when Steve Burns said goodbye, he thanked the children for helping him grow.

Those pesky death rumours

Since his exit fifteen years ago, rumours of Steve Burns’s death have circulated persistently.

He has been ‘hit by a car’, ‘overdosed on drugs’ and ‘arrested for possession of heroin’ following Blue’s Clues.

Burns holds no grudges against the speculators, but would like everyone to know that he is alive and well.


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