Listen: 'Blue's Clues' Joshua Dela Cruz on Taking Over as Host
"Clues the kid show on on nickelodeon about a blue spot. A dog who lease pawprints as clues for her friends. The original host Steve Burns were a striped green rugby shirt. Charismatic Young Man with a lot of side I who can forget him. Blue's clues ended. Its original run in two thousand six but making his debut. Today in the reboot. Blue's clues and you is Josh delacruz. So you're the new host Josh. Congratulations how you feeling about the premier. Thank you so much. It's exciting we've been working on the show for for about a year now and and it's exciting to finally have it come out and have people watch it and get to know blue. So you're the first Asian American on the show your Filipino American when you were renounces host last year Josh many asian-americans took to social media instead yet. Big Thumbs up. How did you feel about that support? I'm so honored I never. I thought about being in this position. I never thought about working in children's television and I never thought that I would really be anyone that anybody looked up to. In in any sense of the word you know I I just try to do my best on the day to day but getting this opportunity to represent a demographic that doesn't usually usually get a lot of screen time in a nonthreatening foreigner way means a lot to me my favorite thing that I've heard so far is from from friends and their kids or their coworkers. Kids is that he looks like me. And that's something that I never really experienced growing up especially in a children's show and I. I think that maybe shut off some doors to me in my mind because I never saw myself represented And so I never thought like Oh. I'd love to work on the show one day. It was so how important to my childhood. I would love to return that favor so I gotta say you watch blue's clues as a kid. I watched it as a parent and many parents having spoken with a lot of parents about this. They love the show. Because Steve was the draw he was kind of Vedra. Hit great presence and timing. Does it feel like you can be yourself with blue's clues in can you or do you feel somehow driven capture. What Steve Head? I think as far as I would try. I'll never be Steve Burns. Just because I'm I am who away and and that was definitely a worry when I found out that I got the job even when I was auditioning one of the most health things that happened. Is that Steve. Burns pulled me aside during a work session before we ever got set and he said I just want to let you know just wanted to tell you personally that we hired you because we love you and we love what you do and we. We don't ever want you to feel any kind of pressure to try and do anything that I or Donna. Who Played Joe his brother? Anything that we did you can totally be yourself. This is your house now. It was those words that really gave me permission and really the confidence that is so cool. Say That oh my gosh you know. When I first met him house immediately I was terrified but then he opened his mouth and in person yes such a resonant voice and you know it's like James Earl Jones saying Luke Doc? I'm your father but he goes. Hey Man and I was transported to when I was watching the show with my little sister and I felt important Porton. I felt like I was meant to be there. And he is that presence in real life when he's talking to you he just hands over the power and I hope that I can do that. FERN entire new generation of kids. So you're the only human on the show. Does that make an even bigger responsibility for you connecting with US kids. Do you know it's so funny because the home viewer is the main character. They are the entire focus of the show and everything in our script every piece of animation. Shen every color every game every note that I get about my performance comes from a childhood development background and because they WANNA help kids which is why I think they updated the name. Blue's clues a new because it's it's just as interactive as it was when it premiered in ninety six but this the emphasis is really on the home mhm viewer. Because I personally can't move forward without their help without them. Talking me on screen well. Congratulations Again Josh Delacruz. The host of blue's clues is and you premiering today on"