Here's Where 'Blue's Clues' Host Steve Burns is Now

Blue's Clues first aired on Nick Jr. in 1996, featuring an animated blue dog and his owner, played by Steve Burns.

The show is an educational one, where Blue leaves paw prints around in order to help children work out what he is going to be doing for the day.

Burns played a fictionalized version of himself who owned Blue, and when he left the show "abruptly" in 2002, he introduced the fans to his "younger brother" Joe, played by Donovan Patton.

While Burns may not be the host of the show any longer, he has remained connected to the kid's program, writing and producing some episodes while also helping them choose a new host for the revival series in 2019: Joshua Dela Cruz.

Steve and Joe even appeared on the show to introduce fans to their "cousin" Josh, who would be taking over in helping them find Blue's clues.

Why Did Steve Burns Leave Blue's Clues?

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Blue's Clues, Burns returned once again on their Twitter page, speaking to older fans who grew up watching him.

In the clip, he explained why he left the show: to go to college.

He said: "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, I'm leaving. This is 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 a really long time. Can we just talk about that?"

He said his departure was "kind of abrupt" but the reason he left was to attend college, which he called a "challenging" time for him.

He praised his fans for their accomplishments over the past 20 years, joking how they all "started out with clues and now it's, what? Student loans and jobs and families."

Burns admitted some of these things have been "kind of hard" but thanked the fans as he felt he could not have done all of those things without Blue's Clues.

He added: "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."

He then said he "never forgot you, ever" to all the fans who watched him, but have since grown up and changed.

So about that time Steve went off to college… #BluesClues25

— Nick Jr. (@nickjr) September 7, 2021

While his message said he went to college, in 2016 he told HuffPost his departure came because it was "the right time."

He added: "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."

Rumors began soon after he left that he had died and been replaced by a lookalike, so he appeared on The Rosie O'Donnell Show in 1998 to dispel parents' concerns.

What Has Steve Burns Done Since Blue's Clues?

In his speech Burns referenced how the work on Blue's Clues has helped him today, which is very true given his continued involvement with the show.

He was involved as a writer and producer on the show from its early days, and was involved in the casting of the new host of the 2019 Blue's Clues reboot.

However, his roles since the show have been many and varied, and he has also been involved in the music scene.

Burns released his first album, Songs for Dustmites, a year after he left the show with the help of band members and collaborators of The Flaming Lips.

One of his songs from this album, "Mighty Little Man", is the theme song for Young Sheldon.

His second album, Deep Sea Recovery Efforts, was released by his band Steve Burns and the Struggle in 2009, and included help from band members of A Million Billion.

He returned to children's TV in 2006 to be the narrator, story editor and art director of Roll Play, and has had small roles in various films and TV series, such as Homicide: Life on the Street and Law and Order.

His most recent cameo was on Young Sheldon, when he played a Star Trek fan who meets the main character.

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Steve Burns in 2018 and during his time on "Blue's Clues" with the title character, Blue Frazer Harrison/SGranitz/Getty Images