Suzanne Somers was left reeling after being told that her friend and former co-star Bob Saget had died while taking part in a live TV interview with Australian morning show Studio 10 on Monday.
The 75-year-old actress was appearing on the Network 10 talk show when news broke about the Full House star’s passing.
‘I’m hearing it from you,’ a stunned Somers told host Angela Bishop after she announced the news.
Loss: Suzanne Somers was shocked to learn about her friend Bob Saget’s sudden death during a live interview with Australian morning show Studio 10 on Monday
RIP: The 75-year-old actress was appearing on the Network 10 talk show when news broke about the Full House alum’s shock death. Pictured, Bob Saget
‘I’m hearing it from you,’ a stunned Suzanne told host Angela Bishop (far left) after she announced the actor’s death
Suzanne then reflected on her friendship with Saget, explaining they had grown close while both filming sitcoms at Warner Bros. Studios in LA back in the ’90s.
‘I would appear on his show from time to time, because right next door at Warner Bros. was my set for Step By Step, where I starred with Patrick Duffy, and we would go over to the Full House set, and it was kind of this wonderful thing that was going on at Warner Bros. at that time,’ she recounted.
A shaken Suzanne described his death as ‘so sad’, as she tried to make sense of what had happened.
‘I can’t believe it. He’s so young. That’s just… I’m so, so, so sorry. He was a great guy. Really nice,’ she added.
TMZ confirmed Saget’s death at age 65, revealing he had been found deceased in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.
Neighbours: Suzanne then reflected on her friendship with Saget, explaining they had grown close while both filming sitcoms at Warner Bros. Studios in LA back in the ’90s. Pictured, Suzanne on Step By Step with co-star Patrick Duffy
‘I would appear on his show from time to time, because right next door at Warner Bros. was my set for Step By Step,’ she recounted. Pictured Bob (centre) with the cast of Full House
A shaken Suzanne described his death as ‘so sad’, as she tried to make sense of what had happened. She is pictured during an appearance in Full House in 1994
Both the Sheriff’s Department and the fire department responded to the hotel at around 4pm after security guards found him unresponsive in his room.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office later issuing a statement.
‘We have no information on cause of death, and detectives have found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case,’ they told TMZ.
They added: ‘The Medical Examiner’s Office will make the final call on the cause and manner of death.’
Saget had been touring the US with his comedy show, which had started in September and was supposed to finish in May.
His latest show was in Jacksonville, Florida, with Saget posting about the performance on social media, just hours before his death.
‘Okay, I loved tonight’s show @pontevedra_concerthall in Jacksonville. Really nice audience. Lots of positivity…’ he captioned the post, including one final selfie from the stage.
Gone too soon: TMZ confirmed Saget’s death at age 65, revealing he had been found deceased in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida on Sunday
The star is survived by his wife Kelly Rizzo (pictured left at their wedding) whom he married in 2018, and his three children — Aubrey, 34; Lara, 32; and Jennifer, 29 (pictured right)
Saget had a string of small parts in films starting in the late 1970s, but it wasn’t until a decade later that he became a household name – after he was cast in Full House as Danny Tanner
He starred on the ABC series as Danny Tanner from 1987 through 1995, and then led the Netflix sequel series Fuller House for five seasons from 2016 to 2020.
‘Very appreciative and fun audiences… I had no idea I did a two-hour set tonight. I’m back in comedy like I was when I was 26.
‘I guess I’m finding my new voice and loving every moment of it… Goin’ everywhere until I get the special shot. And then probably keep going cause I’m addicted to this s**t. Peace out.’
Saget added that he would see his fans again ‘in two weeks’, since he had a series of improv shows booked for January 28 and 29.
Many of Saget’s former costars and celebrity friends paid tribute to the late actor, with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen — who took turns playing his youngest daughter, Michelle, on Full House — describing him as ‘the most loving, compassionate and generous man.’
They said: ‘We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us but know that he will continue to be by our side to guide us as gracefully as he always has. We are thinking of his daughters, wife and family and are sending our condolences.’
Saget’s Full House costar John Stamos said he was ‘broken’ and ‘gutted’ after hearing the news.
Many of Saget’s former costars and celebrity friends paid tribute to the late actor, with John Stamos writing that he was ‘broken’ and ‘gutted’ after hearing the news
Like a brother: ‘My heart is broken,’ added Dave Coulier, who played a comedian on Full House. ‘I love you, Bob. Your forever brother, Dave’
Speechless: ‘I don’t know what to say,’ Candace Cameron Bure, who played the actor’s daughter D.J. Tanner on Full house, wrote on Twitter. ‘I have no words’
Missing him: Andrea Barber, who played Kimmy Gibbler on Full House and its sequel series, shared a sweet still from Fuller House of herself hugging Saget to mark his death
‘I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby,’ he lamented on Twitter.
Full House alum Dave Coulier also wrote on Instagram, ‘I’ll never let go, brother. Love you.’
Candace Cameron Bure, who played his daughter D.J. on the show, said that 35 years of knowing him wasn’t ‘long enough.’
‘I love you sooooo much. I don’t want to say goodbye,’ she said on Instagram. ’35 years wasn’t long enough.’
She also wrote that she was speechless on Twitter, adding, ‘I don’t know what to say. I have no words. Bob was one of the best human beings I’ve ever known in my life. I loved him so much.’
Andrea Barber, who played Kimmy Gibbler on Full House, wrote in an emotional post, ‘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.’
From a dorky dad on Full House to dirty jokes: Bob Saget’s greatest hits
Full House: Played Danny Tanner from 1987 through 1995
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Hosted the show from 1989 through 1997
Dirty Work: Directed his first film in 1998
Half Baked: Cameo appearance in 1998
The Aristocrats: Featured in the 2005 documentary with the ‘dirtiest joke in the world’
Farce of the Penguins: Wrote, directed and starred in a parody of March of the Penguins released in January 2007
Entourage: Recurring guest role from 2005 to 2010
How I Met Your Mother: Narrated the older version of Ted Mosby from 2005 to 2014
1 vs. 100: Hosted the NBC’s game show from 2006 to 2008
The Drowsy Chaperone: Appeared on Broadway as ‘Man in Chair’ for four months while Jonathon Crombie who usually played the character was on tour in 2008
Strange Days: Starred in the A&E series in 2010
That’s What I’m Talking About: Appeared in a comedy special in 2013
Dirty Daddy: Released a book about his career, comedy influences, and experiences with life and death in 2014
Grandfathered: Guest starred in two episodes of the sitcom in 2015 and 2016
Fuller House: Revived Danny Tanner from 2016 to 2020
Bob Saget’s Here For You: Hosted the podcast from 2020
She concluded: ‘Rest well, my dear friend. I have no doubt you are making everyone in Heaven laugh until their cheeks hurt, just as you did here on Earth.’
The star is survived by his wife Kelly Rizzo, whom he married in 2018, and his three children — Aubrey, 34; Lara, 32; and Jennifer, 29 — all of whom he shared with his first wife Sherri Kramer. He and Sherri were married to from 1982 to 1997.
The comedy icon began his career as a stand-up in his hometown of Philadelphia, before heading west to Los Angeles.
He went on to have a string of small parts in films starting in the late 1970s, but it wasn’t until a decade later that he became a household name and stole the hearts of the nation — after he was cast in the beloved ABC series Full House as Danny Tanner.
He starred in it from 1987 through 1995, and then led the Netflix sequel series Fuller House for five seasons from 2016 to 2020.
The comedian also played up his family-friendly bona fides by concurrently starring on America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 through 1997.
He hosted the series, which collected humorous home videos sent in by fans, and also provided voiceovers for the clips to ramp up the comedy.
Although he didn’t appear in front of the camera, Saget’s recognizable voice narrated another ABC sitcom, How I Met Your Mother, in which he played an older version of Ted Mosby (played on-screen by Josh Radnor).
Other small but impactful roles he had over the years include an uncredited part as a cocaine addict in Dave Chappelle’s 1998 stoner comedy Half Baked, and he was one of the many comedians featured in the documentary The Aristocrats, about the infamous foul comedy routine of the title.
Saget wasn’t afraid to get a bit silly, and one of his recent appearances was as a disguised figure on The Masked Singer.
In recent years he also launched his own podcast, called Bob Saget’s Here For You, which he began recording in 2020.
When he wasn’t on stage or in front of the camera, Saget also tried his hand at directing.
He helmed the Norm Macdonald–starring comedy Dirty Work, which was reviled by critics but later reevaluated as a cult classic, and he provided voices for and directed the straight-to-video parody film Farce Of The Penguins.