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Why Did Steve Leave Blue’s Clues, and Who is the New Guy in the Series?

The “Blue’s Clues” franchise has thrilled viewers of all ages since 1996. The live-action and animated children’s television programme, which starred Blue, an animated blue dog, and her owner Steve (played by Steve Burns), made its debut on Nickelodeon.

The revival of the original series, “Blue’s Clues & You!” with a new host, Josh, played by Josh Dela Cruz, debuted in 2019. The original series ran until 2006.

However, this was not the first time the franchise had a change in hosts. For the remaining episodes of the original series, Donovan Patton’s Joe took over for the departing Steve in 2002

Why Did Steve Leave Blue's Clues

After nearly 20 years, Burns addressed the fans’ long-standing questions about why Steve abruptly left “Blue’s Clues”

Why Did Steve Leave Blue’s Clues?

Before the 25th anniversary of “Blue’s Clues,” a video of then-47-year-old Steve Burns discussing the reason for his departure from the children’s television programme was posted on Nick Jr.’s official Twitter account on Sept. 7, 2021, with the caption, “So about that time Steve went off to college…”

In the video, Burns explains that he — or his character — chose to attend college. Before this video, there were rumours regarding Burns’ departure, including claims that he enlisted in the military or passed away in a car accident.


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Burns asked in the video, “You remember when we were younger, we used to run around, hang out with Blue, find hints, talk to Mr Salt, freak out about the mail, and do all the fun stuff. “Oh hey, guess what? Big news, I’m leaving. Here’s my brother Joe, he’s your new best friend. Can we just talk about that?

Because I realise that was kind of abrupt. “I just kinda got up and went to college, which was really challenging by the way, but great because I got to use my mind and take a step at a time, and now I literally am doing many things.


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Who is the New Guy in ‘Blue’s Clues?

As a spin-off of the original series, “Blue’s Clues & You!” debuted on Nickelodeon on November 11, 2019. For new releases, familiar faces like Blue, Mailbox, Mr Salt and Mrs Pepper, Magenta, and others made their way back onto the screen.

But Josh, played by Josh Dela Cruz, stood out among these characters as a fresh new face. The current host of “Blue’s Clues & You!” and Joe and Steve’s “cousin” are played by Dela Cruz.


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The Filipino actor performed as Aladdin’s understudy and a member of the ensemble in Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway. His first appearance as a TV series regular was in “Blue’s Clues & You.”

Former Executive Vice President of Talent for Nickelodeon Shelly Sumpter Gillyard called him “the perfect choice” in the search for the upcoming “Blue’s Clues” host.

According to a news release, “from his sincerity to his comedic timing and range, there was no doubt that he could carry the show on for the next generation of preschoolers.”

Is Blue a Boy or a Girl?

According to Noggin, the main character of “Blue’s Clues,” Blue, is a girl puppy.

According to the website, “every episode she starts a game of Blue’s Clues by leaving three paw print clues for Steve or Joe and the viewer to find in order to a question.”


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Blue’s best friend from school, Magenta, is a female puppy. She resembles Blue exactly, but she has spots that are magenta instead of blue. According to Noggin, “Magenta enjoys photography and making macaroni picture frames.”