Bob Saget passed away on January 9, 2020, after a long comedy, television, and movie career. As Danny Tanner on Full House, Saget was a TV dad that many of us grew up with, one who visited our homes every week. After Full House, Saget spent years as the host of American Funniest Home Videos, providing hours and hours of entertainment and laughs.
The loveable father figure Saget played on screen was a testament to his own dedication role as a dad - but masked the raunchier Saget viewers saw in his stand-up and in movies like The Aristocrats and Half-Baked. This duality boosted Bob Saget's charm, appeal, and longevity in comedy as he continued to tour and appear on our screens.
Saget's death was a shock to his former co-stars, his family and friends, and to the millions of people who enjoyed his work over the years. Some of the individuals who worked with him and knew him best offered their thoughts about Saget, paying touching tributes to him in numerous ways.
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Andrea Barber - AKA Kimmy Gibbler - was a bit of a pest for Danny Tanner on Full House but, behind the scenes, there was nothing but love between Barber and Saget.
On Instagram, Barber posted just how enduring the love between Saget and the cast of Full House was:
This one hurts. He had the biggest heart of anyone in Hollywood. He gave the biggest hugs. I am gutted that I will never be able to hug him again. Bob ended every text, every interaction with “Love you.” Didn’t matter how long or short we’d been apart. He loved so deeply and so fiercely. And he never hesitated to tell you just how much you meant to him. This is the greatest lesson I learned from Bob Saget - don’t hesitate to tell people you love them. I feel at peace knowing that Bob knew exactly how much I adore him.
Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family. Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob. ~ John, Dave, Candace, Jodie, Lori, Andrea, Scott, Jeff, Ashley and Mary-Kate
Bob Saget was the narrator of How I Met Your Mother for almost a decade. While Saget didn't appear on-screen during the show, he was still a member of the cast and would interact with the actors. Josh Radnor, who played Ted Mosby, explained how important Saget was to his own role on the show:
Bob Saget was the older wiser "me" for nine years on How I Met Your Mother. He was the kindest, loveliest, funniest, most supportive man. The easiest person to be around. A mensch among mensches.
I had so much imposter syndrome when HIMYM started, thought I’d be found out, kicked off set & sent home. When I’d run into Bob on the Fox lot in those early days he’d gush over my performance & tell me how he was studying me to make sure his vocal performance felt right This man that I’d delighted in seeing on TV for years cheering me on, letting me know I had a right to be there and playing that character… I can’t overstate how meaningful his words were. (He also, true to form, told me jokes that I cannot tell here or in polite company.)
Radnor also noted their "very special bond," how they "talked a lot about how to live a meaningful life amidst all the chaos," and said he would hear Saget's "voice in my head for the rest of my days."
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On Full House (and again on Fuller House) Bob Saget played Danny Tanner, the caring and obsessively clean television personality. According to Jeff Franklin, the man behind Full House, Saget's casting as Tanner was no accident:
I wrote the role of Danny Tanner for my friend Bob Saget.... The character was kind, genuine, neurotic, a bit nerdy, a hugger with a heart of gold, and endearingly funny. That was Bob. And the X-rated sense of humor that was left out of Full House. But Bob’s charm and love-ability was the reason people embraced Danny Tanner. It was my joyful honor to be a brother of Bob’s for 42 years. Comedy icon and exceptional human being. Your spirit and your work will live on. Love you Bob.
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As middle daughter Stephanie on Full House, Jodi Sweetin recalled how "many songs I hear... and think of" Bob Saget, because he "introduced me to some of my favorite music through the years."
On Instagram, Sweetin also mentioned "Saget and Dave [Coulier] dancing together at my 13th Birthday party, being ridiculous, as usual" and how she would spend "weekends at his house with his daughters when I was young, and having blueberry pancakes."
Sweetin concluded her tribute to Saget with an appropriate admonition:
I would always say “you’re the best TV dad ever.” And he was. I’ll miss you Bob. I’ll make sure and tell an inappropriate joke at your funeral. In your honor. I know you would’ve wanted that. But you were supposed to be here longer... How Rude.
Gilbert Godfried mentioned how hard the death of Norm Macdonald hit Bob Saget in an interview with Good Morning America. Saget was friends with Macdonald, and also directed him in the 1998 movie Dirty Work.
Saget called Macdonald's death on September 14, 2021, "a knife in the heart for all of us who were close to him and all of you who loved him."
Norm Macdonald, for his part, had nothing negative to say about Saget - including at a roast of the comedian in 2008. Macdonald said Saget had a "beautiful face like a flower... a cauliflower" and mentioned how hair on Saget's chest wasn't the only thing about him that was dog-like - two incredibly mild jokes.
Macdonald explained that he gave a clean "roasting" of Saget because "I can't say mean things about you because you're my friend."
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Before she starred on How I Met Your Mother with Bob Saget, Alyson Hannigan babysat the actor's daughter. On Twitter, Hannigan recalled an especially difficult babysitting session during which Saget came in and demonstrated his true nature:
I was 15 & couldn't get her [Saget's daughter] to sleep/stop crying. Bob came home, took her in his arms, played a Tracy Chapman song & danced with her until she fell asleep. He was a wonderful Dad and human.