By Prajukta Ghosh

Former “Blue’s Clues” host Steve Burns visited MU on Thursday, November 4 to talk about his time on the show with an audience of students, speaking at 7 p.m. in Jesse Auditorium. 

The American actor celebrated the 25th anniversary of his time on “Blue’s Clues” by sharing his thoughts on following your dreams, both literally and metaphorically, as well as the impact of the show on kids and how they displayed the power of willingness to fight for their dreams.  

He spoke about reexamining the message of empowerment that he conveyed through the show to young viewers, who often desired to imagine the world of exceptionalism through the lens of Steve from “Blue’s Clues”.

Although the event was scheduled to be one hour in length, it lasted for two and a half hours, with opportunities for the audience to raise questions directly to Burns.

“Blue’s Clues was a big part of my childhood… Steve is definitely an inspiring figure and I wanted to see his talk,” freshman Naomi Klein said. 

The auditorium was packed with MU students, ranging from freshman to graduate students, and every time Steve mentioned his memories working on the show, the thunder of applause filled the entire auditorium. 

The event was free for students, provided they acquired their tickets online prior to attending the show. 

Before opening the stage to the student body for questions, Burns was interviewed by Kenton Gewecke, the chief meteorologist at KOMU 8, who asked him questions related to his struggles, his departure from the show, his aspirations, and what kept him strong during the harshest phases of his life. 

“Follow your dreams just like Steve did, always be yourself and try to take the time out to find yourself,” Klein said. 

Burns also discussed instances in his life where he felt compelled to leave the show and his role in order to pursue his dream of becoming an actor and following his long-held desire to become a musician and have his own band.

“It was great … he was a really funny guy and his message was so meaningful that [he] really had an insight on what it’s like to be a celebrity, and it brought the human out from the celebrity,” said freshman Tess Howicz. 

The event ended with students sharing childhood stories and memories from the show or coming up with a question about Burns’s life.

“I felt so giddy during the entire thing. There was a long line and I trampled over my friends to get in there. And slowly as time started to run out, they were cutting people behind me and I was the last person on the line who was allowed to ask the last question,” Howicz said. 

Edited by Ryan Cohen