Jimmy Kimmel paid tribute to the late Bob Saget in his opening monologue on Monday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Praising the late actor and comedian by sharing memories of their friendship, performances and philanthropic work.
“Bob was the sweetest. He was the sweetest man, ”Kimmel said. “I have so many wonderfully kind and supportive texts, emails and calls from Bob. He always had a compliment. Sometimes he wrote to me just to tell me that he loved me and I know he did it for many people … He had something funny to say about everything and nothing bad to say about anyone. Never.”
Kimmel also took the time to recount Saget’s efforts to raise funds for the fight against scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease. After Saget’s sister Gay was diagnosed with the disease, he joined the board of directors of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Kimmel directed viewers to the group’s official website to pledge support in memory of Saget.
“When my son was in the hospital, Bob was checking in a lot. I want to send love to his daughters, his wife Kelly, and his friends who loved him so much, ”said Kimmel. “He was very kind to everyone and had no problem telling you that he loved you and what you meant to him.”
The host ended his monologue by featuring a clip of Saget and his “Full House” co-star John Stamos on a 2017 broadcast of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Stamos and Saget appeared as guests on the show to praise comedian Don Rickles, who died in April 2017.
Saget died Sunday in Orlando, Florida, at the age of 65. The comedian and actor was in the middle of a national stand-up tour that was scheduled for June 2022.
“Bob was absolutely my everything. I am completely heartbroken and incredulous, ”his wife Kelly Rizzo Saget said in a statement. “I am so deeply moved by the outpouring of love and tribute from our friends, family, their fans and their peers. When the time is right and when this news isn’t so stark, I look forward to sharing more of Bob with the world.
Guests for Monday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” it included Steve Harvey and Clayton Echard. Milky Chance performed as a musical guest.
Check out Kimmel’s full monologue below!