Monday, June 17, 2024

Bob Saget Funeral Friday, Home Has Been a “Full House” All Week to Real Family and TV Family


I’m told Bob Saget’s funeral will be tomorrow, and of course, it’s private. This would be right since Bob was Jewish and can’t be buried on Saturday.

The outpouring of love for Saget online is overwhelming. John Stamos, in particular, seems bereft on Instagram. Everyone considered Bob their “best friend” and he was!

Sources tell me that Bob’s house has been filled with people every day, all day long, since his death was announced. The guests are not just limited to family, but include all the cast of “Full House” and “Fuller House,” even Lori Loughlin.

“It’s amazing that his fake family has been as devoted as his real family,” says a friend. “But that’s the way Bob was. He took care of everyone.”

A friend said: “Can you imagine? A big TV star like that, he died in a hotel room after a gig. Like a regular stand up comic.” The friend pointed out that Saget had been eager to get on the road, even for half-full theaters, just to make people laugh.

Even Saget’s rabbi has published an editorial, which reads like a eulogy he might give tomorrow. It reads in part:

For me personally, Bob was one of the greatest gifts of my life. No matter how busy he was with his remarkable career, he was always there with his love, his humor and his giving heart for every event, celebration and important moment in my life as well.

When he heard I helped to found, he was the first person to appear at our gala to receive the “Peace of Heart” award and support our grief work. When my retirement event took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in 2014, it was Bob who immediately volunteered to be the host and emcee for the night, and when my book, “Becoming Jewish” was published, it was Bob Saget who wrote the foreword.

You don’t want to die at 65. You want to die when you’re 95 and there’s no one left. Even as a private function, Saget will draw a huge crowd tomorrow because most of his friends are alive. But really. he’d loved that.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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