One day in 2002, Steve Burns packed a bulging backpack and suitcase, said goodbye to a speckled blue dog and a piece of cartoon furniture, and disappeared in a two-dimensional school bus .
An era of children's television series "Blue 's Clues "was suddenly over, leaving countless young viewers without an awesome host who cheered them on through their TVs for six years of training.
Aside from occasional appearances in spin-offs, Mr. Burns was largely absent from " Blue 's Clues ". His sudden departure became a source of intrigue and rumor as dedicated fans grew, met and wondered - often online - what was he like?it actually happened.
Tuesday, in a Twitter video posted by Nick Jr. , a Nickelodeon channel for young children, returned Mr. Burns. Putting on the same lime green striped rugby jersey he wore, he addressed his now adult viewers.
Speaking of his departure there Almost two decades ago, he said, "I realize it was a bit abrupt. I just got up and went to college. And it was really hard, by the way, but great because I had to use my mind and take one step at a time, and now I'm literally doing a lot of things I wanted to do. "
Then, in the positive tone that defined his character, Mr. Burns urged the phonesectors to think in their own ways: "And then look at you, and look at what you've done and accomplished in all this time. And it's just - it's so amazing. " "
Its reappearance struck a chord among many viewers, sparking feelings of childhood nostalgia and coziness, especially juxtaposed with global crises like la coro navirus pandemic and extreme weather conditions related to climate change . In less than 24 hours, the video has been viewed nearly 20 million times. Image Mr. Burns at the " Blue 's Big Musical Movie "premiere in Los Angeles in 2000. Credit ... SGranitz / WireImage
Mr. Burns acknowledged some of the challenges his former viewers may have faced.
"We have started with clues, and now what is it? Student loans and jobs and families? ”he said. “ And part of it was pretty hard, you know? I know that you know. "
He added that he wanted to thank the viewers, saying their support continued to help him. " Guess I just wanted to say, after all these years, I never forgot you. Never, ”he said.
Mr. Burns, now a producer and musician, hascould not be immediately contacted for comment. But since leaving the show, he has opened up about his complicated relationship with fans and the show, which he hosted in his twenties. He said he felt in conflict with the imaginary relationship millions of young viewers thought they had with him. .
"The kids thought I was their friend for real " he said in a Live performance 2010 for The Moth , an organization of storytellers.
"I started to think, I 'I say these wonderful things to children, I say: " You are so smart, and you can do whatever you want. "But I couldn't help but think, you know, is that true? " Mr. Burns continued.
As "Blue 's Clues " grew in popularity, reaching over 14 million viewers each week at some point during his tenure Mr. Burns also began to experience what he described as an identity crisis.
"I was starting to think really seriously, as great as that is, they could have the wrong guy here, maybe it should be a teacher or child development specialist or something "he said.
His departure from the show has led to some crazy speculation among fans. Mr. Burns' pseudonym, @steveburnsalive , seems to insolently refute the rumors of his death. He said in a HuffPost interview that as creators of the show moved on toother projects, he felt that "it was just time to go " and joked at Nickelodeon that he " refused to lose my hair in a children's TV show ".
But while Mr. Burns rekindled his " Blue 's Clues "character on Tuesday, many fans on social media said his post rings true, managing to take them back to a time of childhood innocence while also acknowledging the realities of adulthood and its challenges.
The video was a particularly poignant reminder of the past for Chuck Gaffney, a 37-year-old computer programmer and voice actor from Rocky Point, NY, who said he was mourning death. recent from his younger brother and cousin. The show had been a favorite pastime for many ofhis seven younger siblings.
"Time may have passed, but our hearts have not. View posts like this - that there are people out there for you - is heartwarming, "he said in an interview. "We need to remember to be there for each other.
Mr. Gaffney said he planned to perform the show for his 2-year-old daughter.
"Blue 's Clues" ended in 2006, but the show was rebooted in 2019 as "Blue 's Clues & You! " It's hosted by Joshua Dela Cruz, the franchise's first Asian-American animator. A new season will air in October.