Steve Burns from Blue’s Clues abruptly left the show in 2002, and for many children their TV friend was gone.
The show went on but many wondered where Steve went, and why he was no longer hanging out with Blue.
“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?” Burns said. “And then one day, I was like, ‘Oh hey, guess what? Big news, I’m leaving.”
On Tuesday, as the 25th anniversary of the show nears, those kids, now adults, got their answer.
He went to college.
“It was really sweet. It was cute to see him come back and close that chapter,” said Hannah Campbell, an OSU student. “It provided closure. He closed the chapter, a door to my childhood.”
For many of the show's former viewers who are now well into their adult life and long removed from children’s TV shows, the announcement was emotional, striking up keen memories of their youth.
"It hit me right in the feels," said graduate student Ryan Hill.
Fans of the show thought when Steve left the show they'd never hear from their best friend again.
“It was a little sad,” student Matthew Mitchell said. “I honestly didn’t (expect to hear from him again), I thought he dropped off the earth.”
Just as Steve will always be remembered by the children who adored him, Steve will always remember them.
“I guess I just wanted to say that after all these years, I never forgot you… ever. And I’m super glad we’re still friends,” he said.