Jodie Sweetin is sharing her memories of the late Bob Saget.
The 40-year-old actress spoke on Good Morning America Monday about her relationship with Saget, who played her character Stephanie’s father Danny Tanner on Full House and its spinoff series, Fuller House.
“One of the things I learned from Bob and, you know, even now in having to walk through his death and everything is how to laugh through some of the most painful moments of your life,” she said.
“It’s something that carried me through so many times and so many things in my life.”
“He never lost the ability to laugh at himself, to laugh at his situation, to make fun of something that would otherwise feel like it was going to break you,” she continued.
“That was Bob.”
Saget died on Sunday, Jan. 9 at age 65.
He was discovered dead in a Florida hotel room after a show. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, there were “no signs of foul play or drug use.”
While Saget was best known as playing the very respectable and family-friendly Danny Tanner on Full (and, more recently, Fuller) House, he was also well-known for being a stand-up who had no problem being explicit.
And while many saw this as a contradiction, Saget did not, and absolutely identified with Danny Tanner as a single father himself.
“People think, ‘Oh, he’s not like the Full House character; he’s this R-rated stand-up comedian,’” he recalled in a 2021 interview. “And I don’t know why people don’t realize there can be all kinds of things to a human being.
Bob’s wife and children confirmed his death in a statement released on the evening of Jan. 9.
“We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today,” it reads. “He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter.”
His first daughter, Aubrey was born in 1987, just months before the first episode of Full House aired and is an artist based in New York. Lara was born in 1989, is also an artist and co-founder Studio200NYC. And finally, his youngest, Jennifer who was born in 1992 — and leads a more private life than her sisters.
Saget was married to his daughter’s mother, Sherri Kramer, from 1982 to 1997. In an interview, he described his divorce from Kramer as “difficult and painful” but went on to reveal how he and Kramer were able to co-parent their daughters together well.
“I’d be at synagogue and people would ask ‘Do you see your daughters?’ and I’d get offended. ‘Yes. I’m their father,’” he said of that period. “Their mom and I really worked out a wonderful way to do that. Yeah, [divorce] affects kids lives, but so does having parents who stay together fighting all day long, or lying to each other.”
Saget described his relationship with his daughters as “incredibly healthy” in an interview on the Religion of Human Nature podcast with Rabbi Jeremy Fine and credited constant communication, honesty, and a willingness to admit when he was wrong.
In addition, he shared how he and his girls had been to therapy to discuss difficult moments, and “never stop” working on themselves.
“My daughters couldn’t make me more proud,” he said. “The only reason I think I could be a good parent is because of how remarkable my daughters are … they are empowered strong women.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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