File photo: Saget, originally from Philadelphia, got his big break in Hollywood in 1987 when he was cast in the ABC sitcom ’Full House’ as Danny Tanner. Picture: Reuters
File photo: Saget, originally from Philadelphia, got his big break in Hollywood in 1987 when he was cast in the ABC sitcom ’Full House’ as Danny Tanner. Picture: Reuters

Showbiz pals ’in utter shock’ over the passing of Bob Saget

By The Washington Post Time of article published Jan 10, 2022

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By Emily Yahr

Bob Saget, the comedian and actor best known for his starring role in "Full House" and hosting the original "America's Funniest Home Videos" in the 1980s and '90s, died Sunday at age 65. According to the sheriff's office in Orange County, Fla., he was found in a hotel room in Orlando.

"Earlier today, deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for a call about an unresponsive man in a hotel room," the sheriff's office account posted on Twitter. "The man was identified as Robert Saget & pronounced deceased on scene. Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case."

TMZ first reported that Saget was found in his room by hotel security on Sunday afternoon. The comedian had recently launched a stand-up tour with the first two dates in Florida this weekend, and performed in Ponte Vedra Beach on Saturday night. "Loved tonight's show," he tweeted after his set. "Appreciative audience."

As soon as the news broke, there was a flood of tributes from fellow actors and comedians. John Stamos tweeted, "I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby."

"Bob Saget was as lovely a human as he was funny. And to my mind, he was hilarious. We were close friends and I could not have loved him more," Norman Lear tweeted.

"I'm so shocked at @bobsaget's passing. One of the most kind & thoughtful people I've ever come across & he just happened to be one of the funniest on the planet," wrote Joel McHale. "I will miss you so much Bob. Love you dear friend."

"I'll miss Bob Saget so much. He was as kind as he was funny," Nikki Glaser tweeted.

"Oh god. Bob Saget!!! The loveliest man," wrote Kat Dennings. "I was his TV daughter for one season and he was always so kind and protective. So so sorry for his family."

"Beloved by millions as America's Dad, he was a regular presence in our living rooms, bringing to us the funniest videos and countless belly laughs," George Takei wrote. "Gone too soon, like so many of the brightest souls."

Saget, originally from Philadelphia, got his big break in Hollywood in 1987 when he was cast in the ABC sitcom "Full House" as Danny Tanner, a local TV news personality and recently widowed dad to three young daughters. The show was a massive hit, and millions tuned in every week to see him dispense kindhearted fatherly wisdom and get into wacky situations with his brother-in-law, Jesse (John Stamos) and good friend, Joey (Dave Coulier), who moved in to help him raise his kids.

He segued that role into a gig as host on the popular "America's Funniest Home Videos" in 1989, spending a decade narrating goofy home movies and handing out prize money.

To the amusement of many fans, Saget's G-rated "Full House" and AFHV persona was in stark contrast to his incredibly raunchy stand-up act in real life, not to mention his famously dirty "Aristocrats" joke and stint directing "Dirty Work." (His explicit jokes didn't stop him from getting a Grammy nomination for best comedy album in 2014.)

Saget, who toured the comedy circuit for years, was one of those celebrities who was always in on the joke: He had no problem being roasted on Comedy Central, for example, and he seemed to take great delight in playing a parody of himself on "Entourage." In November 2020, he showed up to compete on "The Masked Singer" as a character known as "the Squiggly Monster."

While he loved stand-up comedy, he also continued to show up on network television, including more father roles in "Raising Dad" in 2001 and "Surviving Suburbia" in 2009. He narrated the voice-over for the entirety of CBS's popular "How I Met Your Mother," playing the older version of the main character who explains to the kids how he met their mother. And of course, he returned with many of his cast mates to "Fuller House," the Netflix revival of the sitcom that debuted in 2016.

Saget is the father of three daughters with his first wife, Sherri Kramer, whom he divorced in 1987. He married TV host Kelly Rizzo in 2018. On New Year's Eve, Saget penned an emotional tribute to Betty White, who died at age 99.

"She always said the love of her life was her husband, Allen Ludden, who she lost in 1981. Well, if things work out by Betty's design - in the afterlife, they are reunited," Saget wrote. "I don't know what happens when we die, but if Betty says you get to be with the love of your life, then I happily defer to Betty on this."

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