Bob Saget’s rabbi honors late ‘Full House’ star in touching tribute: ‘One of the greatest gifts of my life’

Bob Saget’s rabbi, Steve Carr Reuben, has broken his silence on the star’s sudden passing.

The actor-comedian, known for his role as single father Danny Tanner on the sitcom “Full House” and as the wisecracking host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” died Sunday. He was 65 years old.

Orange County, Florida deputies were called Sunday about an ‘unresponsive man’ in a Ritz-Carlton hotel room in Orlando and found Saget dead, according to a sheriff’s statement. on Twitter. Detectives found “no signs of foul play or drug use in this case.

Reuben, the former chief rabbi of Kehillat Israel in Los Angeles, wrote an op-ed for Forward where he shared his memories of the beloved comic.


Bob Saget died on Sunday. He was 65 years old.
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“The hardest job he ever had, Bob Saget told me, was being the emcee at our annual synagogue gala,” Reuben began. “He could never say the first thing that came to mind,” he explained, “because that would inevitably be too risque a joke for a synagogue event. He had to constantly censor himself. So he thought of a joke. that he couldn’t say and then, on the spot, without pausing for a moment, think of another joke that was more PG – and it was all happening in split seconds of his non-stop comedic mind.”

“That’s just one of the reasons I loved Bob Saget,” Reuben added.

The rabbi, who had known the star for more than 30 years, noted he was devastated by her passing. He also described how Saget’s family often faced personal tragedies.

“Bob’s whole life has been lived in the shadow of death,” Reuben wrote. “Two twin siblings died in infancy even before he was born, and he was named ‘Robert’ in memory of the twin whom his parents lost shortly after his birth while still in hospital. His sister Andi died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in hospital aged 34 and his sister Gay who suffered from scleroderma aged 47.”


Bob Saget is celebrated as one of America's favorite TV dads.

Bob Saget is celebrated as one of America’s favorite TV dads.
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Still, Reuben shared that Saget “brought his special stamp of love” that stayed with him throughout his life. He described Saget as someone who idolized his parents, always thanking his father for his humor. He was also a devoted patriarch who adored his three daughters. And despite his star status, Saget raised millions of dollars each year for scleroderma research, wishing he could do more.

“Of course everyone knew Bob as one of the funniest human beings in the world,” Reuben wrote. “He was blazingly quick and his stand-up was always a 100 mph stream of consciousness. Whether he was on stage or in his own living room, he couldn’t finish a sentence without turning it into something. funny. . It’s just the way his mind worked.”

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

Reuben concluded his op-ed by sharing a quote Saget once wrote: “When tragedy strikes, it’s more important than ever to seek out whatever can bring humor and joy to every moment.” He noted that this is Saget’s “true legacy”.


Bob Saget was on a stand-up tour at the time of his death.

Bob Saget was on a stand-up tour at the time of his death.

“The greatest tribute we can pay to Bob and his life is that those of us who knew and loved him deeply carry this gift of his humor and love, and share it with everyone we meet. every day of our lives,” Reuben wrote.

Saget was in Florida as part of his “I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour”. After warm receptions from the public at his concerts last Friday in Orlando and last Saturday in the resort town of Ponte Vedra Beach, he celebrated online.

“I’m back in acting like when I was 26. I guess I’m finding my new voice and enjoying every moment of it,” he posted on Instagram on Saturday.

Saget starred as the squeaky clean patriarch in “Full House” from 1987 to 1995. He reprized his role for the Netflix reboot “Fuller House,” which ran from 2016 to 2020. He also was heard as a narrator on “How I Met Your Mother,” which aired for nine seasons on CBS.


Bob Saget is survived by his wife Kelly Rizzo and three daughters from a previous marriage.

Bob Saget is survived by his wife Kelly Rizzo and three daughters from a previous marriage.
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In early 2020, Saget was preparing the start of his comedy tour when the pandemic put it on hold. He turned his energies to a podcast, “Bob Saget’s Here For You,” which gave fans an open mic to comment and ask questions.

Saget had daughters Aubrey, Lara and Jennifer with his first wife Sherri Kramer before divorcing in 1997. He married Kelly Rizzo in 2018.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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