Everyone is mourning the untimely loss of actor and comedian Bob Saget today. It’s really wonderful how consistent all the tributes are to him, from his “Full House” castmates and pals to dozens of friends and innumerable fans. Despite his hilarious raunchy side, Saget was a great, sweet guy— which is why when he told “The Aristocrats” joke no could believe it.
Flashback to the fall of 2018, I ran into Bob at an Emmy party. This was the weekend of September 18th. From photos I think it might have been the Netflix party, but I’m not sure. We knew each other a long time and greeted each other enthusiastically. He had a beautiful blonde with him.
“I heard you were getting married,” I said.
“I am married!” he replied. I was confused. “I got married last weekend,” he blurted out with a big smile, then added, “Wait. No one knows that.” Whoops! He instantly knew he shouldn’t have said it.
I was floored. I asked him what was going on?
Bob said, “We actually just got married, but no one knows it. We’re keeping it a surprise until our actual wedding ceremony next month. Please don’t write it, and don’t tell anyone.”
And I didn’t. He was so sweet about it, and so pleading, but it was unnecessary. “We haven’t told my family, her family, my kids, anyone!” So I agreed on the spot, naturally, to keep his secret. We shook hands, and that’s the last I thought about it.
A few weeks later, I read about Bob and Kelly Rizzo’s wedding at the beautiful Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. Bob wrote on Instagram: “Okay, so we went and did it. And damn are we happy.” I’m assuming they told everyone what happened with the secret wedding, but I never got the chance to find out. From all accounts, and his recent Instagram post recapping the last year, it seems Bob and Kelly had a terrific three years together. It’s cruel that there wasn’t more time.
Bob was a mensch, everyone can see that. Here is the memorial he posted for Betty White just ten days ago: