Former Blue’s Clues host Steve Burns tried his hand at TikTok after joining the platform this week.
The 48-year-old former Nickelodeon personality created his first video but admitted he didn’t have a clue what he was doing but asked for help in the comments.
Fans turned out in throngs to welcome him to the platform, with one hilariously drawing on advice from his old show as they said use ‘the thinking chair.’
Technological challenge: Former Blue’s Clues host Steve Burns, 48, tried his hand at making a TikTok but admitted that he had not the slightest clue how to use the platform
Blue’s Clues: The pre-school catered show followed Steve (a human) who was tasked with finding three clues left by his animated puppy, Blue, in order to solve a particular problem
Burns stirred up a bit of nostalgia as he burst into the video with his famed Blue’s Clues greeting in his character voice: ‘Hi out there! It’s me, Steve.’
But he quickly switched back to his speaking voice and confessed self-deprecatingly: ‘I don’t know how to use TikTok at all. I kind of don’t even know what it is. If you could tell me in the comments, thank you.’
The now viral video has amassed 1.2M likes and has been viewed over 5M times, with fans of Steve — including corporations and celebrities — taking to the comments to offer up advice.
Steve’s old network Nickelodeon commented ‘Welcome to stevetok everyone,’ seeming overjoyed to see the former host’s face.
Warm greeting: Burns stirred up a bit of nostalgia as he burst into the video with his famed Blue’s Clues greeting in his character voice: ‘Hi out there! It’s me, Steve’
Back to reality: ‘I don’t know how to use TikTok at all. I kind of don’t even know what it is,’ he confessed after
And the social media manager for Taco Bell offered hilarious advice from Blue’s Clues as they wrote: ‘The thinking chair Steve! The thinking chair.’
The thinking chair was a big red armchair that appeared in every episode which Steve would sit on to think about the answer for Blue’s Clues.
The pre-school catered show followed Steve (a human) who was tasked with finding three clues left by his animated puppy, Blue, in order to solve a particular problem.
Blue’s Clues premiered on Nick Jr. in 1996 and a then 23-year-old Burns served as the host until 2002.
Following his departure he was replaced by his ‘brother’ Joe in the show, actor Donovan Patton who remained host until production halted in 2006.
Familiar face: Steve’s old network Nickelodeon commented ‘Welcome to stevetok everyone’
Thinking cap on: The social media manager for Taco Bell offered hilarious advice from Blue’s Clues as they wrote ‘The thinking chair Steve! The thinking chair’
In 2019 it was rebooted under the name Blue’s Clues & You! with a new lead Josh played by Joshua Dela Cruz.
The program has been called ‘one of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and groundbreaking preschool television series of all time.’
Steve addressed his abrupt departure from the show for the first time in September.
‘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!”…can we just talk about that?’ he said.
Departure: Blue’s Clues premiered on Nick Jr. in 1996 and a then 23-year-old Burns served as the host until 2002 at which point his brother in the show Joe (actor Donovan Patton) took over until production halted in 2006
Burns continued to say ‘I realize that was kind of abrupt. I just kinda got up and went to college,’ and called the exit ‘really challenging.’
He then addressed his now grown audience: ‘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 wanted to tell you that I really couldn’t have done all of that without your help. In fact, all the help that you helped me with when we were younger is still helping me today.’
Burns warmly added: ‘Just wanted to say that, after all these years, I never forgot you…ever. And I’m super glad we’re still friends.’
Addressing the situation: Burns addressed his departure for the first time in September as he said in a video ‘I realize that was kind of abrupt’ and said he went to college
Prior to his on-camera statement, his exit was surrounded by dark rumors, with hoaxes claiming he had died from a heroin overdose or was killed in a car accident , with other rumors that he was actually a porn star.
Burns recounted the dark rumors in conversation with DailyMail.com in 2017, sharing that his mom called him crying with concern.
It even prompted him to make his Instagram handle @steveburnsalive with his bio simply reading ‘alive.’
‘It’s awkward. It’s not pleasant. It’s bizarre and surreal. I think that perhaps Blue’s Clues and that rumor, kind of started in the age when the internet was really kind of becoming a place where people sought news,’ Steve said trying to contextualize.
‘So I think it was a little extra sneaky because of that. But other than that, I couldn’t tell you where it started or why it started or why it persists. I really couldn’t.’
Dark rumors: His exit was surrounded by dark rumors, with hoaxes claiming he had died from a heroin overdose or was killed in a car accident , with other rumors that he was actually a porn star; pictured on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert September 2021
He said he had simply decided to leave Blue’s Clues to go back to his career as a voice over artist, and didn’t want to continue working on-screen – adding that he was ‘burned out’ from doing the show for seven years.
‘Everyone wants there to be a dramatic answer and there’s not. I wish I had a cool answer for this, but I just – I did it for like seven years and it just seemed like time to go. It just seemed like the right time,’ Steve continued.
Previously he had stated: ‘I knew I wasn’t gonna be doing children’s television all my life, mostly because I refused to lose my hair on a kid’s TV show, and it was happenin’ – fast.’
Burns later embarked on a music career working with Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann and drummer Steve Drozd on an alternative rock album called Songs for Dustmites in the early 2000s.