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Blue Clues’s first host, Steve Burns, gives people closure and we have feelings

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— Nick Jr. (@nickjr) September 7, 2021



It’s the 25th anniversary of the lovely Nickelodeon children’s show, Blues Clues. Steve Burns, now 47, hosted that adorable show from its start in 1996 until 2002. Steve was the only human in front of an animated background featuring a dog named Blue. Steve was so patient and seemingly interested in the audience. His character would pause, waiting for kids to answer his questions and help solve the puzzles. There was something so wholesome and engaging about that show. In 2002 Steve was replaced by Joe, played by Donovan Patton. Joe was decent and goofy, but he was no Steve and a lot of kids and moms felt Steve’s absence. Blue Clues ran with Joe as host up until 2006, when it ended. In 2018 it was rebooted as Blues Clues and You, with host Joshua Dela Cruz. Steve, who originally left the show because he felt he was getting too old for the character, is a producer on Blues Clues and You.

For the show’s 25th anniversary, Nickelodeon posted a video of Steve addressing the audience again and explaining why he left. You can see that above and here’s what he said:

“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, and then one day I was like, ‘Oh hey, guess what? Big news I’m leaving. This is my brother Joe, he’s your new best friend,’ and then I got on a bus, and I left, and we didn’t see each other for like a really long time. Can we just talk about that? Because I realize that was kind of abrupt.

“I just kinda got up and went to college. And that 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 of the things that I wanted to do.

“And then look at you, and look at all you have done, and all you have accomplished in all that time. And it’s just, it’s just so amazing, right?” Burns said in the video. “I mean, we started out with clues, and now, it’s what? Student loans, and jobs, and families? And some of it has been kind of hard, you know? I know you know.

“I wanted to tell you that I really couldn’t have done all of that without your help. And in fact, all the help that you helped me with when we were younger is still helping me today, right now. And that’s super cool. 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.

“You look great, by the way. Whatever it is you’re doing is working.”

[via kristv.com]

I watched Blues Clues with my son when he was a toddler. He will turn 17 in a couple of weeks and so we watched Steve’s episodes as reruns. Honestly I started writing this story a couple of days ago and I couldn’t finish it! (It was a hard week for many reasons, particularly the loss of Michael K. Williams.) When I first saw this video I absolutely lost it. It reminded me how fleeting childhood is, and how my son will leave the house in less than a year. I’m weepy as hell now just writing this. So many people who watched this show as children were hit equally hard by Steve’s sweet video. Many have said that they’re finally getting closure.

It has been kind of hard Steve! Thank you for explaining everything. I never forgot you either and you look good too.

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— Nick Jr. (@nickjr) August 29, 2021

This is one of the sweetest interactions I’ve had on Twitter. I memorized that song and used to sing it to my son.

The sun’s a hot star, mercury’s hot too, venus is the brightest planet earth’s home to me and you

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Nikki Reed: I work full time, but I don’t have any professional childcare

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Nikki Reed has almost completely dropped out of the acting spotlight to run her farm with husband Ian Somerhalder. In addition to that, she runs her own jewelry line, Bayou with Love. Her stuff is cute. Recently, she partnered with Wondercide who makes essential oil-based pest control products. She’s also a hands-on mom to her four-year-old daughter, Bodhi, and said she enlists no professional childcare at all. Nikki said there’s nothing wrong with having help, she just doesn’t want any. Fortunately, she also said her intuition has never led her astray, so obviously she’s made the right decision.

On being environmental friendly: It’s just a part of our everyday life. She sees that Mommy makes the extra effort… For example, I’m in a place right now where they don’t pick up your recycling. So most people would just combine trash and recycling and say, “I don’t care.” But my daughter knows that every other day Mommy’s gonna load up the recycling into the back of the car and we’re going to drive it to the recycling center because there’s no way I’m not going to do that stuff… I buy water in bulk, in glass, so that’s always a conversation; she knows that we don’t drink out of plastic. She knows that when we go anywhere in the car or travel or do anything, I keep all of our reusable silverware in the center console of the car. If we ever pick up take-out food, she knows that Mommy’s going to bring my own Tupperware to pick it up.

On motherly intuition: I’ve learned a lot about intuition for sure. I’ve always had really solid intuition, but I’ve learned now, since becoming a mom, that I don’t question it at all; I don’t even give it one second of overthinking. If I know something in my gut, I know it and I go with it… You just know in your gut what the right move is for your child, you know?

On finding a life balance: And so I learned to slow down in some ways. Yes, I’m still operating my company and I’m involved in every aspect of the business, from operations to the creative, to web copy, to design photography, all of it. So I’m very involved in my company, and that is totally consuming at times. And then I also sit on the board of a couple of other companies as the strategic marketing adviser and I have a couple of other jobs too. So there’s a lot happening in my world, but … the greatest gift is that I’ve learned that it’s OK to say no to people around me, but also to myself.

On not employing any help: I’m a very hands-on parent. I work full-time, but I also don’t have any professional childcare — not that there’s anything wrong with that at all; I think it’s wonderful if that’s what suits your family. But I really want to be as present as possible with my daughter. I like being there for every bath time and every meal time, so I kind of work around that. I set my alarm and I work really early, from 5 in the morning until 8:30, when she’s up, and then I take a break for her breakfast, and then I go back to work in the in-between times. She has been in preschool and stuff like that, so those are my moments of break and work. And then I work late into the evenings.

[From Yahoo!]

How? How does a person run every aspect of their own company, sit on the board of other companies, and not employ any help with their child? I’m trying to remember preschool hours, do they have full day options? I guess if Nikki’s daughter is out of the house from 9-5 she could run her business during that time. Of course, Nikki specifies she doesn’t have professional childcare, not that she doesn’t employ assistants and housekeepers. If someone else is helping tend to the house and do the shopping and run errands, that would make it doable. I mean, good for her, it just sounds exhausting. But she’s right, she needs to do what she thinks is best. And if sacrificing sleep is what she’s willing to do to forego childcare, then she’s found her system. Can we assume Ian is helping? At one point, Nikki referred to Bodhi as her “first” child. So I guess they’re still planning on more. One thing is clear, Nikki adores being Bodhi’s mom so thank goodness she’s been able to arrange her world around that.

I’m also jealous of her intuition. I don’t know if there was ever a time I didn’t question something I’d decided or done. That must be a wonderful feeling to be so sure of your choices.

This is less important, but I was really curious about Nikki’s Tupperware comments. Will take-out places let you bring your own? It seems like there would be some legalities involved. Maybe it’s places they know the owners or something, farmers tend to be a tight knit community.

*In that top photo, that’s are biodegradable straw. She’s promoting them





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Minnie Driver watches 80s films with her son, explains that the women are stereotypes



Minnie Driver was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, hosted by Julie Bowen. Bowen is truly a terrible interviewer. She kept turning the conversation around to herself, talked too much and was rude. I’m not a fan of hers. Sarah Silverman was so much better last week. Minnie was interesting though, she’s promoting Modern Love, on Amazon Prime. She said that her boyfriend, filmmaker Addison O’Dea, loves 80s movies and music and that it’s worn off on her son, Henry, 12. Minnie and Henry have been watching 80s movies together and she finds herself pausing them to point out how stereotypical the women are. She also talked about the fact that she lives in a mobile home park. Minnie has lived there for 20 years, it’s called Paradise Cove, and is one of the most high end mobile home parks in the world. Here’s more of what she said. She’s a lovely person but I would not recommend watching this interview because of how awful Bowen is.

On watching 80s movies with her son


We watch these movies. The representation of women in these films is unbelievable. They’re either the buttoned up mom who nobody is having sex with and who nobody wants to have sex with or they’re in crazily inappropriate clothing. I’m constantly pausing and going ‘now listen, just because she has large beautiful breasts she may also have something to say. We’ll never know because we’re so busy looking at her boobs.’

On living in a mobile home park


I live out in a small community in Malibu. I live in a really beautiful mobile home park. I’ve lived there for 20 years. Jay Leno used to make fun of me.

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live on YouTube]

After that Minnie had to explain to Julie that you can’t drive a mobile home like a trailer, but that you can transport it on a truck. As for 80s movies, I’ve had similar discussions with my son. We watched Sixteen Candles and Weird Science recently and I just ended up mortified by the way women were show. There were also glaring lack of consent issues in the plotlines. Thankfully my son noticed these things before I pointed them out. I just had such different memories of those films. It goes to show how sexism is part of our culture and was acceptable and taken for granted.

Minnie also talked about her podcast, Minnie Questions, which has been out since March of last year. She said she was most nervous to interview Viola Davis because she looks up to her so much. She has also talked to Dave Grohl, Chelsea Clinton and Tony Blair, among other celebrities. I’m sure Minnie is a better interviewer than Julie Bowen because just about everyone must be.

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Drew Barrymore on how often her daughters bathe: ‘The smell can get real’

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Who’s perpetuating the Bathing Confessionals? Are celebs being asked about this on the reg now or do they all feel the need to weigh in on the subject unprompted? Drew Barrymore is the latest to chime in on washing. It’s okay, though, because it’s a regular occurrence in the Barrymore home. Drew is mom to Olive, eight, and Frankie, seven. She said she bathes the girls every weekday for the simple reason that her daughters can work up an odor if she doesn’t. Although Drew admits she’ll let the pool or the ocean do the work on the weekends, she’s diligent the rest of the time.

Drew Barrymore is tossing her opinion into the great bathing debate. The 46-year-old talk show host revealed to ET’s Kevin Frazier how often she bathes her kids.

“I’ve got two girls,” Barrymore told ET of Olive, 8, Frankie, 7, whom she shares with her ex-husband, Will Kopelman. “The shoes, I’ve got some odor eaters, [the smell] can get real.”

As for her bathing philosophy, Barrymore said that she “absolutely” washes her kids every weekday, especially when they’re in school, and is “a little more relaxed” on the weekends.

“I’m just looking for balance,” she explained. “For me, I’m like, ‘You were at school all day.’ Not in the last two years [because of quarantine], but when they were, I’m like, ‘Bath every night.’ Absolutely. On the weekends, it’s like, ‘You’re in the salty ocean. Who cares? You’re fine.’”

“I guess I’m a five-day-a-weeker with a possible sixth day,” she noted of how many times her kids bathe. “Five to six days a week.”

While (Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell’s) comments sparked some social media criticism, Barrymore told ET, “These are not necessarily the things I would really flip out on people about right now with everything going on.”

“Hey, you know what? Maybe people need a break,” she said. “If this is the hot debate, I think people just need a break.”

[From ET]


I very much do not want to enter the bathing debate. However, one of the few times I absolutely must wash off is after I have been in the salty ocean. I know salt water is cleansing (although, let face it, there isn’t anything clean about California beaches) I can feel that stuff coat my skin and hair if I don’t rinse it off. Still, I get Drew’s point, everything is more relaxed on the weekend. Plus, at her daughters’ ages, they can take their own baths so that’s also a little down time for Drew. The good news is we can check Drew off the Dirty Gertie list. She’s one of the celebs we don’t have to worry about walking next to on a crowed sidewalk and her kids don’t have to hang their filthy heads in shame because Mom has cleared the air.

I do think it was sweet of Drew to try to let Dax and Kristen off the hook by making an excuse for the debate itself. Drew’s like that, a peacekeeper. She’s the friend in the friend group that everyone likes. The one they send in to diffuse the firebrand (who is usually me). And she’d be one of the few friends whose kids I’d agree to watch because I don’t have to worry if they’re coming into my house stinking or not.

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Kristen Bell: my kids ‘smell like vinegar,’ it’s too much work to wash them otherwise

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are promoting their show Family Game Fight, which I have heard is terrible and have no desire to watch. They had a 24 minute interview posted on The Today Show’s YouTube channel, and even the affable Al Roker cannot make these people tolerable. I’m so grateful that The Today Show includes transcripts with their videos. I read through it until I got to the part where these two tripled down on not washing their daughters until they smell. You may recall that Dax helped start the “white celebrities don’t bathe” debate by bonding with Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher about their lack of personal hygiene and how they’re passing those bad habits down to their children. Kristen and Dax then said that they don’t wash their children until they smell bad and that they’re not joking about that. They expanded on that with Al. I guess this is their schtick now, although I do not doubt that they’re telling the truth. Here’s that part of the conversation and it’s in the video below, starting at the nine minute mark. They then changed the conversation to shill for their Hello Bello children’s personal care line, including shampoo and soap.

Al: I think people always assume boys smell worse than girls. As the father of two boys and a girl I can tell you that’s not necessarily so. I understand there’s an issue in your house with that.


Kristen: They smell like vinegar. I can’t compare them to boys. I think you’re referring to when we bathe them. It’s a smell test, it’s a foot smell test and then you just pop them in the water. But prior to that it’s too much work. It’s every couple of days.


Dax: Especially in the summer. In summer you loosen up the bedtime you realize ‘we’re watching tv with these kids at 11 p.m.’ This went off the rails and then you’re also you’re just bathing them far less and you’re kind of leaving them in charge of it which they’re bad at it. Then yeah a whiff will hit you and you go ‘oh it’s time yeah in fact it’s probably time yesterday’


Al: Was that the impetus for your line Hello Bello for like soaps and products for kids?


Dax: We live in LA and [had access to high end organic children’s body care products]. At a certain point we’re like huh it’s kind of weird if you live in Michigan where we’re from and you are


middle class you probably can’t have all the stuff we had. We were just in a really weird position where we could approach a Walmart and start with the economy of scale that allowed us to do really premium healthy organic stuff for half the price of the other stuff.

[From The Today Show on YouTube]

Kristen did say she bathes her children “every couple of days,” but that’s doubtful given how they’re elaborating on how much they smell and how much trouble it is to bathe them. That’s a terrible way to promote their products! “We don’t wash our own kids, but we do buy expensive organic stuff for them and want other people to be able to afford that.” Buy some J&J baby shampoo and a bar of Dove or Ivory. Those products are affordable and safe for babies and children. I didn’t realize that Kristen and Dax have a whole children’s body care line along with diapers and wipes. If it’s not the height of privilege to sell children’s shampoo and body wash while bragging that you rarely wash your kids, I don’t know what is.

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Beloved kids’ show Arthur on PBS is ending after 25 seasons

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The long running children’s show, Arthur, is coming to end after 25 seasons. The show is based on the Marc Brown children’s series and is the second longest animated series on television, second only to The Simpsons. Interestingly, the show actually ended production two years ago, culminating in a wrap party and crew goodbyes, but they had enough unaired shows to keep going. Alas, show writer, Kathy Waugh, announced on the podcast Finding D.W. that this was it, Arthur was saying goodbye for good next year. Here’s more on her comments from Entertainment Weekly.

Long-running kids show Arthur is no more. The beloved cartoon, based on a series of children’s books by Marc Brown, has run for 25 seasons on PBS, but after its final episodes air this year, it will no longer continue.

What’s more — production on the show wrapped two years ago. Arthur writer Kathy Waugh revealed the sad news on the podcast Finding D.W., a show dedicated to tracking down the seven actors who voiced the role of Arthur’s little sister D.W.

“Arthur is no longer in a production,” she said. “We had our wrap party two years ago. I think they’ve made a mistake, PBS, and I think Arthur should come back. And I know I’m not alone in thinking they made a mistake.”

“I don’t pay attention that much to things like ratings, so I don’t know if it was a ratings issue or if it just felt like it needed to be retired,” she continued. “To me, it felt like evergreen, like it was never going to end, but it did end.”

[From Entertainment Weekly via Just Jared]

I went back to our Caillou post and saw that a few of you really loved Arthur. It sounds like many are upset by this news. I didn’t watch Arthur. I know, that should read “my kids didn’t watch Arthur” but let’s face it, if our kids watched it, we watched it. I have very definite opinions about the animated shows from my childhood and my kids’ childhoods so for those of you feeling this loss right now, I’m sorry. That amount of time on TV is a real testament to how beloved this show was. Heck, even the podcast that this news was announced on speaks volumes – a program devoted to tracking down the voice actors who played Arthur’s little sister? That’s some fan dedication. There hasn’t been any real reason given for the the show going off the air. Although the end has been hinted at for a while now, it seems the cast and creators are heartbroken. Considering the outpouring of fans since the cancellation was confirmed, I doubt numbers are to blame.

The good news for Arthur fans is that PBS Kids, and many of those involved, including Kathy, have confirmed that new content for Arthur is still being written. Some of it are PSAs and shorts, but Arthur and his friends will still spread their messages for a while yet. And since it looks like Arthur, D. W., Muffy, Binky, Francine and the rest will be sticking around a while longer, I should probably finally get around to figuring out exactly what creature each one is. Because other than Buster, who I think is a rabbit, I am at a loss.

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Nick Cannon posted photos of his many babies and children: ‘True happiness’

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Nick Cannon had three sons last month and four children in the last year from three different women. Nick has stated that he is on a quest of expanding his family and many people have been questioning his tactics. Recently a member of the group The City Girls told Nick to wrap it up after he stated he could have gotten more women pregnant if he wanted (eww). I guess Nick has been experiencing some backlash over his love life so on Monday, Nick shared some pictures spending time with his seven children. All seven of them. Below are a few more details from US Weekly:

“The gang,” the Masked Singer host, 40, captioned Instagram Story photos of his and ex-wife Mariah Carey’s 10-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, with his and Brittany Bell’s son, Golden, 4, and daughter, Powerful, 7 months. “It’s [i]ncredible.”

After showing some “sisterly love,” the California native shared a video of himself carrying Powerful on his chest. “Flying kites with my kids is the most euphoric and joyful experience of life,” the actor wrote. “True happiness.”

[Cannon] was married to Carey, 51, from 2008 to 2016, and the former couple have been coparenting since their split. “We got our egos and this selfish behavior [but] when you put your children first, you understand that it’s all unconditional love,” Cannon exclusively told Us Weekly in April 2019. “All that other stuff just falls apart. I always want what’s best for my children.”

[From US Weekly]

I don’t know why this feels like a PR stunt on Nick’s part but it does. If you are going to make these sort of “interesting” choices for your life, you don’t owe anyone an explanation. Stand by choices with your whole chest Nick. With that being said, these children are absolutely adorable and I am glad that he spending time with them, whether its PR or not. I do like how mature he and Mariah handle co-parenting and I am hoping he will be able to strike the same chord with his other babies’ mamas otherwise this will eventually turn into a sh*t show. I wish nothing but the best for those children because they deserve two very devoted parents and I hope Nick is willing and able to give that to his children. I also hope, no judgment, that Nick gets it together and stops doing drive-bys with his sperm.

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