“Blues Clues” host Steve Burns obtained candid about his wrestle with despair whereas filming the favored kids’s present.
“I didn’t comprehend it but, however I used to be the happiest depressed particular person in North America,” the previous kids’ show host informed Variety. “I used to be battling extreme scientific despair the entire time I used to be on that present. It was my job to be completely and fully stuffed with pleasure and marvel always, and that turned unimaginable.”
“I used to be all the time in a position to dig and discover one thing that felt genuine to me that was adequate to be on the present, however after years and years of going to the nicely with out replenishing it, there was a cost,” the 49-year-old continued.
Burns turned the host of the animated collection in 1996, on the age of twenty-two, happening to earn a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2001. When he exited the present in 2002, he defined on the present that he was going off to varsity and that his youthful brother would take over.
“My technique had been, ‘Hey, you bought an amazing factor going, so simply combat it!’ Seems, you don’t combat despair; you accumulate it,” Burns stated candidly. “After I left ‘Blue’s Clues,’ there was an extended interval of therapeutic. It wasn’t till the dying of my father that I actually began to take issues severely, and my life turned a lot extra manageable.”
“It made me take into consideration issues I hadn’t considered, like legacy and the worth of the issues we’ve left behind,” he shared. “It compelled me to reevaluate and take rather more severely my psychological well being. And New York Metropolis by no means was a lot good for my psychological well being.”
The present initially debuted on Sept. 8, 1996 and featured Steve, the character performed by Burns, navigating his animated home and fixing low-stakes mysteries together with his animated pet canine, Blue.
In 2021, to mark the present’s twenty fifth anniversary, Burns returned with a video message shared to the Nick Jr. Twitter account. The heartwarming message noticed him deal with his absence from the collection.
“You bear in mind how once we have been youthful we used to run round and hang around with Blue, and discover clues, and discuss to Mr. Salt, and freak out in regards to the mail, and do all of the enjoyable stuff? After which someday, I used to be like, ‘Oh hey, guess what? Large information… I am leaving,'” Burns recalled on Twitter.
“Can we simply discuss that?” he requested his grown-up followers within the fashion he used to deal with the digital camera with on the present. “As a result of I understand that was type of abrupt. I simply type of obtained up and went to varsity. That was actually difficult by the way in which, however nice, as a result of I obtained to make use of my thoughts and take a step at a time, and now I actually am doing most of the issues that I wished to do.”
He continued, “Have a look at all you will have completed and all you will have achieved in all that point. And it is simply… it is simply so wonderful, proper? I imply, we began out with clues, and now it is what? Pupil loans, and jobs, and households, and a few of that has been type of exhausting, you already know? I do know you already know.
“I suppose I simply wished to say that in any case these years I by no means forgot you. Ever. And I am tremendous glad we’re nonetheless mates…”
Burns reprises his function within the film “Blue’s Large Metropolis Journey,” which premieres on Paramount + on Friday.