In an emotional segment he taped without a studio audience, Kimmel, 54, repeatedly choked back tears as he shared his thoughts following Saget’s passing after the Full House star and comedian was found dead Sunday in a Ritz-Carlton hotel room.
‘If you read anything about Bob online last night, if you read any of the thoughts from people who knew him personally, a word that came up a lot was the sweetest, and Bob was the sweetest, he was the sweetest man and the reason people wrote that is because it’s true,’ Kimmel said. ‘It’s the best word, if you had to pick one word to describe him, that was it – sweetest.’
The latest: Jimmy Kimmel, 54, remembered his friend Bob Saget Monday following the comic’s death at 65, praising Saget as ‘the sweetest man’ and a caring and supportive friend
Kimmel told viewers about how much he enjoyed to be in Saget’s presence, pointing out his sharp wit and positivity.
‘He was so funny and I’m not talking about Full House or America’s Funniest Home Videos or movies or stand-up comedy, I mean funny for real,’ Kimmel said. ‘When you walked into a party and you saw Bob and his wife Kelly [Rizzo] in the corner, you’d go straight to them and stay for as long as you could, because he had something funny to say about everything and nothing bad to say about anyone – never – if he were there were people he didn’t like, he kept it to himself.’
Kimmel said he has ‘so many wonderfully kind and supportive texts, emails, calls from Bob,’ who ‘always had a compliment’ and kind words for his friends.
‘He’d write sometimes just to tell me he loved me and I know he did that for many people,’ he said.
Kimmel looked back on an appearance Saget and Full House costar John Stamos made in 2017 following the death of their mutual friend, legendary comedian Don Rickles
Kimmel said that Saget and Stamos were ‘ beyond friends, they were brothers, they are brothers’
Kimmel told viewers about how much he enjoyed to be in Saget’s presence, pointing out his sharp wit and positivity
Kimmel said that he went through old emails with Saget, ‘and some of them were funny, and some of them were very serious emails about life and the well-being of our children, and how hard it is to appreciate one of those without the other being just right.
‘And in one email we’re talking about our kids, I have it here, he wrote, “One night soon, let’s go around and have some meat and some good damn drinks and talk about how lucky we are that we have them” – and we did do that many times.’
Kimmel said that when his son Billy was hospitalized in 2017, Saget ‘checked in a lot’ with him.
Kimmel read aloud an email exchange he had with Saget about how lucky they were
Kimmel sent his love to Saget’s three daughters and his widow Kelly Rizzo
Kimmel said he has ‘so many wonderfully kind and supportive texts, emails, calls from Bob,’ who ‘always had a compliment’ and kind words for his friends
‘I want to send love to his daughters, to his wife Kelly into his friends who loved him so much, he was very kind to everyone and he had no problem telling everyone that he loved them and what you meant to him,’ Kimmel said. (Saget was father to daughters Aubrey, 34, Lara, 32, and Jennifer, 29, with ex-wife Sherri Kramer.)
Kimmel noted Saget had suffered a number of family tragedies, including the death of his sister Andrea at 35 from brain aneurysm in 1985, and the 1994 death of sister Gay from the autoimmune disease scleroderma.
Kimmel noted Saget’s work with the Scleroderma Research Foundation, and told viewers that ‘if you want to remember him, there’s nothing [Saget] would appreciate more’ than a donation to the organization.
Kimmel looked back on an appearance Saget and Full House costar John Stamos – ‘who were beyond friends, they were brothers, they are brothers’ – made in 2017 following the death of their mutual friend, legendary comedian Don Rickles.
Kimmel noted Saget had suffered a number of family tragedies, including the death of his sister Andrea at 35 from brain aneurysm in 1985, and the 1994 death of sister Gay from the autoimmune disease scleroderma
Kimmel noted Saget’s work with the Scleroderma Research Foundation , and told viewers that ‘if you want to remember him, there’s nothing [Saget] would appreciate more’ than a donation to the organization
‘Bob and John joined me on this show to eulogize Don and tell stories about him and how much we miss him, we never imagined four-and-a-half years later that we’d be talking about …’ Kimmel said, fighting back tears.
He continued: ‘I’m sorry I taped this like 14 times and I just … anyway, we just had a beautiful conversation that night, you can see when John and Bob were talking about how much they loved Don, how much they love each other so I thought it would be nice before we go on with the show, the regular show, to share just a bit of that as we remember Bob.’
Kimmel wrapped up the emotional segment in saying, ‘We love you Bob and we’ll be right back.’
Orange and Osceola Counties Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany on Monday said in a news release stating that ‘there is no evidence of drug use or foul play’ in Saget’s death following his autopsy.
‘The cause and manner of death are pending further studies and investigation which may take up to 10-12 weeks to complete,’ said Stephany. ‘Our condolences go out to Mr. Saget’s loved ones during this difficult time.’
Bob Saget talked about evolving approach to comedy in final interview: ‘I just want to make people laugh’
Bob Saget spoke about his evolving approach to comedy, an influential mentor and his days as a student at Philadelphia’s Temple University in what would be his final interview ahead of his shocking death at the age of 65.
The Full House star and comedian was found dead Sunday in a Ritz-Carlton hotel room in Orlando, officials with the Orange County, Florida, sheriff’s office tweeted, adding that there were ‘no signs of foul play or drug use in this case.’
Saget on Wednesday appeared on News4JAX to promote his show Saturday at Jacksonville’s Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on his I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour.
The latest: Bob Saget spoke about his evolving approach to comedy, an influential mentor and his days as a student at Philadelphia’s Temple University in what would be his final interview ahead of his shocking death at the age of 65
He bonded with News4JAX anchor Bruce Hamilton, who he knew from Temple University, telling Hamilton, ‘I just remember you, we went to Temple.’
Saget got emotional when he was asked about Lew Klein, the late American Bandstand producer and Temple University professor who died at the age of 91 in June of 2019.
‘You’re gonna make me cry, he was like a dad to me,’ Saget said of Klein, noting that he helped him break into show business by getting him an internship on The Mike Douglas Show.
‘That was my first indoctrination into show business, I was 19,’ Saget said, hailing Klein for his care for students in an educational career that spanned more than six decades.
‘Lew Klein cared so much about students, I’ve had a couple of those teachers,’ Saget said. ‘When you get a teacher like that in your life, it’s a real gift, anybody watching who knows what I’m saying, both of my sisters were teachers and there’s nothing like it if you’re a good teacher and he literally helped me, and he would talk with me and then we lost him not too long ago, which is very sad.’
He bonded with News4JAX anchor Bruce Hamilton, who he knew from Temple University, telling Hamilton, ‘I just remember you, we went to Temple’
In the interview, Saget said he was enthusiastic about his forthcoming trip to the Sunshine State, where he had great memories.
‘I’m leaving tomorrow to be there so I can be, I’m going to Orlando and then I’m coming right to Jacksonville, I think it’s my third time in Jacksonville in about a year,’ Saget said. ‘We comedians have to go where comedy is loud and I’ve had great times in Florida, and I’m going back, it’s really a nice theater too, it’s small.’
Saget told Hamilton that his style of comedy had evolved in recent years, as he wasn’t ‘as blue as [he] used to be’ onstage.
‘I really love doing standup now more than I ever have, and I don’t talk politics, I don’t talk religion, I just want to make people laugh and I don’t want dissension in the room,’ he said. ‘I just want to make people have a good time and have a good night out, I’m getting ready to do a new special so we got to go on the road.’
Saget said his comedic style was ‘really kind of a different version’ of himself, adding ‘I just love it.’
Saget told Hamilton about how he continued working in his comedy career throughout the pandemic, which included his podcast Bob Saget’s Here For You , which he began in the early days of the pandemic in April of 2020.
He said that he loved doing his podcast and that he had welcomed ‘amazing guests’ for ‘great conversations’ on the platform.
‘I just love to do it,’ he said. ‘Everywhere where you are, you’re making people feel better, and that’s my job, and we get into the thick of it sometimes but it also depends if I have a comedian on … it’s really a fun thing to do.’
Saget said his latest comedic style was ‘really kind of a different version’ of himself, adding ‘I just love it’
Saget told Hamilton his first live comedy gig since the shutdown came as part of Dave Chappelle’s series in Yellow Springs, Ohio in the summer of 2020.
‘Once I was able to get out there safely, I did it,’ he said. ‘There’s nothing like it, I’ve been doing it for over 40 years I did it when we met that was doing stand up.’
On his Twitter page Wednesday, Hamilton wrote of the interview: ‘Loved talking to Bob and talking about our days at Temple U . Not just a typical interview for me. Great personal chat.’
In what would be his final social media post, Saget said that he had performed a two-hour set in in Jacksonville Saturday to an ‘appreciative audience.’
On his Twitter page Wednesday, Hamilton wrote of the interview: ‘Loved talking to Bob and talking about our days at Temple U . Not just a typical interview for me. Great personal chat’
In what would be his final social media post, Saget said that he had performed a two-hour set in in Jacksonville Saturday to an ‘appreciative audience’
An audience member at Saturday’s show posted a memorial on Saget’s social media, People reported.
‘Wow, what a HONOR it was to witness Bob’s last comedy show and last moments on this earth,’ the person said. ‘Bob went almost two hours over his normal set time and made the whole audience feel loved, he cracked jokes applicable to all ages and political parties.
‘Over and over he stressed the importance of this world needing more comedy and finding more common ground with everyone around you.’
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