Steve From “Blue’s Clues” Just Checked In On “The Kids He Raised” After “Quiet On Set” Exposed A Dark Side To Their Childhoods, And People Are Seriously Emotional

A familiar face from your childhood wants to know if you’re OK — and has given you a safe space to off-load if you’re not.

This article mentions allegations of child sexual assault.

Investigation Discovery’s much-anticipated docuseries Quiet on Set: The Dark Side Of Kids TV premiered earlier this week, and it has had a profound impact on viewers.

Drake Bell in Quiet on Set: The Dark Side Of Kids TV

“I’m having a really tough time getting through #QuietOnSet and I think that's because unlike other documentaries, I remember every single person, every single sketch, every single show mentioned because they were part of my childhood,” author and journalist Morgan Jerkins tweeted, with her post racking up thousands of likes and retweets of agreement.

I'm having a really tough time getting through #QuietOnSet and I think that's because unlike other documentaries, I remember every single person, every single sketch, every single show mentioned because they were part of my childhood.

— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) March 18, 2024
Twitter: @MorganJerkins

“This #QuietOnSet documentary is crazyyyyy??????? We was at home just cackling & them kids were on set being traumatized???” another popular tweet reads.

This #QuietOnSet documentary is crazyyyyy??????? We was at home just cackling & them kids were on set being traumatized???

— Jay Elaine ? (@realjayelaine) March 18, 2024
Twitter: @realjayelaine

So when another familiar face from their childhoods showed up for an impromptu check-in, millennials could not hold back their emotion.

Steve Burns from Blue's Clues in a new TikTok video

On Thursday, Steve Burns took to his relatively inactive TikTok page to post a poignant video to his 1.8 million followers, asking how they were doing.

Steve in a striped shirt with Blue from the show Blue's Clues

In his new TikTok, Steve looks directly into the camera as though he is speaking to the viewer in real life and gently says, “Hey, I’m checking in. Tell me, what’s going on?”

He then sits in silence for almost a minute, seemingly giving his followers a safe space to off-load their feelings while he “listens” attentively.?

This mirrors how Steve hosted Blue’s Clues, as he always paused to give young viewers time to answer his questions.

Steve’s face is incredibly responsive in the TikTok, and he appears sympathetic as he nods along, with emotion visible in his eyes.

As the minute draws to a close, he simply says, “OK.” After another beat, he adds, “Alright, well, it’s good to hear from you. And you look great, by the way.”

Steve in his new TikTok video

Steve’s TikTok also ended up being shared to X, formerly Twitter, where it instantly went viral. Posting the video, one fan wrote, “Steve from Blues Clues posting this after the Nickelodeon documentary, he knew exactly what we needed,” and the tweet has since been seen more than 10.5 million times, with tens of thousands of likes and retweets.

steve really realizes that sometimes only he can check in on the kids he raised. it's something. https://t.co/uHQiKgHjTy

— in charge of the girls (@AmeriKraut) March 21, 2024
@hioutthereitsmesteve /?TikTok / Via Twitter: @AmeriKraut

One of the popular quote-tweets reads, “steve really realizes that sometimes only he can check in on the kids he raised. it's something.”

In 2022, Steve opened up about his decision to step away from Blue’s Clues in an incredibly open interview with Variety, where he revealed that he was “struggling with severe clinical depression the whole time” he was on the show.

Steve from Blue's Clues in a striped shirt gesturing to a fallen stack of animated books

Meanwhile, the emotional response to Steve checking in on "the kids he raised" comes less than two months after Elmo went viral for asking how everybody was doing in a casual tweet.

Elmo is just checking in! How is everybody doing?

— Elmo (@elmo) January 29, 2024
Twitter: @elmo

The responses sparked a huge conversation about mental health at the time and highlighted the importance of looking out for one another.?

You can stream Quiet On Set on Max in the US and on Discovery+ in the UK.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search for your local center here.?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline is 1-888-950-6264 (NAMI) and provides information and referral services; GoodTherapy.org is an association of mental health professionals from more than 25 countries who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy.

If you are concerned that a child is experiencing or may be in danger of abuse, you can call or text the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453(4.A.CHILD); service can be provided in over 140 languages.

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