Jeff Ross remembers Bob Saget: He ‘treated everyone like family’

The “Fuller House” star was well known for his efforts to help fellow comics and strangers. No one knows this better than comedian Jeff Ross, who has been close to Saget for over 15 years.

And while he mourns his friend, Ross pointed out how, even in death, Saget seemed to honor his profession.

“You know he was this world superstar, TV star, but he passed away, alone in a hotel room, on the road, like a real comic,” Ross said. “I think in a weird way, it’s kind of poetic and perfect. Even though it’s way too early, that’s kind of how I want to go.”

Despite being a successful comic, which Ross hopes “passed away peacefully, nestled in an $ 800-a-night room.”

“He’s one of ten comedians in the world who could stay at the Ritz after a gig, you know,” Ross reflected on a phone call with CNN.

Ross said he has been in close contact with Saget’s daughters Aubrey, 34, Lara, 32, and Jennifer, 29, and his widow, Kelly Rizzo, since his friend’s death.

Saget’s family is “in pain,” Ross said. He called his partnership with Rizzo “perfect”.

“She was great for him and him for her. She was a real partner for him and that’s exactly what Bob needed, she was someone who could challenge him and love him at the same time. It’s a real, beautiful love story, you know, and it was just perfect in every way. “

CNN spoke to Ross on Wednesday, just before he and singer John Mayer prepared to drive to the Los Angeles airport to pick up Saget’s car, a gesture that meant a lot to Rizzo.

“These 2 men supported and took care of me (along with many other amazing people who loved my husband more than anything),” Rizzo commented on the Instagram video shared by Mayer. “But those two, driving our little Prius that Bob left at the airport, at home, was so solid. And I’m glad it gave them time to mull over and share their love of Bob. with everyone who has watched. The Prius is now home. “

Ross shared more memories of his beloved friend Saget with CNN.

The conversation, edited slightly for length and clarity, follows below.

why do you think [Saget] Did he feel so moved to help people, even when they were strangers, and the time it took to do so?

“Well, that’s interesting. He had this weird rabbi, like a quality for him, you know, he’s a guy who understood himself at a young age. He was already on stage when most people came. to finish high school. And I think because he started so young. Bob also won a student Oscar when he was in college. “(Saget received a Student Academy Award in 1978 for his film” Through Adam’s Eyes “, on her nephew who had undergone reconstructive facial surgery.)

“Bob was very, very intense in a lot of ways. He had a lot of losses early on.”

There are a lot of coincidences and it would make you look at life in a very empathetic way, like Bob did.

“He died on the same day as his sister. And they both died on the birthday of their other sister, who also died. His sister died on the same day as him. And that day was their first sister’s birthday. Her daughter, Aubrey just told me. “

(Saget’s older sister, Andrea, died in 1984 from a brain aneurysm and another sister, Gay, died in 1994 from scleroderma, an autoimmune disease.)

It has been a theme throughout his life.

“Life and death, yes. You know, you mean his generosity of spirit, like this scleroderma research organization that you keep hearing about. When you talk about these benefits he would, he was doing them years before his sister had the disease. “

Why was he drawn to it without knowing it was going to affect him personally?

“He was drawn to people who needed help. It didn’t matter who you were. Sometimes it would be frustrating because you went somewhere with him and he spoke to every person. It didn’t matter what their role was, it didn’t matter that. you’re big or small, he was talking to all the assholes in the street, and you know, sometimes when you’re just his mate waiting for a drink. [laughs] He liked to talk. [“Full House” and “Fuller House” star] Jodie Sweetin was telling me yesterday, we all got together and bonded with this stuff, and she was telling me how he spoke and spoke and spoke through table readings at ‘Full House’ when she was a kid. She would miss school, trying to get Bob to stop talking. “

Why do you think it was?

“He just liked to communicate. He liked to connect. He liked to make people laugh. But more importantly, he liked to give advice. You know, I have Bob’s doctor, when I needed a doctor, I was calling Bob you need a lawyer you call Bob you need life advice you wanna know how insurance works you wanna know how real estate works you wanna know how to get through something in a relationship, you want to know about Covid, he was still standing to this day and loved being everyone’s rabbi, everyone’s consigliere. I think part of that was because he was so good in his skin.

How did he find the time to devote so much energy to so many people?

“You know, everyone was his family. The comedians were his family. His daughters are his family, his wife, Kelly, is his family. But on top of that, what amazes me is that he took his fake family from TV and now they’re his real family. “

It was interesting to see, the outpouring [of love and tributes] of so many different people.

“He would have been thrilled with that outpouring from his fans all over the world, yes. And let’s face it. Someone must have knocked that two-bit punk, Betty White, off the internet. (Laughs) I want to. say, go enough already. “

Bob Saget at a charity event in California in November.

What makes this loss so important to you?

“I loved him, I’ll really miss him. You know, he was my safety net in life. I don’t feel protected without him. I feel vulnerable without him. And I’m not the only one.”

How is his wife?

“She’s inconsolable. I can’t tell her anything to make her feel better. She really expected a much longer life with Bob.” (Rizzo and Saget got married in 2018.)

And how are his daughters? Her daughters.

“Her daughters, it’s really hard on them. It’s hard on them. You know, I lost my dad, so I understand and you see him so much in them. So I know they feel what it is. he feels, they have these emotions, the way he had these emotions. I know they hurt and, and I tried to talk to them as much as I could. Nobody saw that coming. And he really was. a king in the world of comedy. “

Want to add some final thoughts on your friend?

“You usually see it coming, but this one is cold. This one is really cold.”

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