Inside Bob Saget's close friendship with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen decades after playing their father on Full House
Prior to Bob Saget’s death, he and his Full House co-stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen kept a close friendship over the years, despite more than two decades passing since their show ended.
The 65-year-old star was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday, and the twins mourned him as the "most loving" man.
Though the duo never returned to reprise their role in the Netflix sequel series, Fuller House, they remained close with the comedian and often supported each other at events and with other projects.
During their time on Full House and beyond, the Olsens starred in a slew of TV and direct-to-video movies, including 1992’s To Grandmother's House We Go.
Not only was this first film of theirs directed and co-written by Full House creator, Jeff Franklin, but Bob also made sure to pop up in a cameo role in support of the girls.
The America's Funniest Home Videos host years later went on to bookend it all by having a second cameo, this time in the Olsens’ final, as of now, co-starring movie, 2004’s New York Minute.
Not a one-way friendship, the fashion designers showed their love and appreciation for their onscreen dad by supporting organizations close to his heart.
Though they haven’t acted in years and have worked to mostly stay out of the public eye, the two have often been by the late actor’s side at the Scleroderma Research Foundation’s Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine fundraiser.
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The How I Met Your Mother narrator, whose sister Gay Saget died from the autoimmune disease, was on the Board of Directors for the foundation, which raises money to fight scleroderma.
In 2017, Bob shared a sweet photo with Ashley from the fundraising event in New York City, writing that he was “so honored [his] dear friend” came out to “support” him and the foundation, just “as she has all these years.”
She always showed up when she could and at least attended in 2009, 2014, and 2015, as well as in 2004 and 2010 alongside her sister, Mary-Kate.
While neither could attend the 2018 event, Bob told Us Weekly that Ashley had texted him to say she and her twin couldn’t make it because they were working but still wanted to support.
“They donated some wonderful items from [their fashion company] The Row.
“They’re always incredibly generous and I’ll see them in L.A. We make a point of seeing each other at least once or twice a year.”
He added at the time that he’s “very close emotionally” with them and “loves” them, even feeling like they’re “related” because of their years of friendship and time playing family members on TV.
While a guest on the Inside of You With Michael Rosenbaum podcast, Bob had shared of his friendship with the twins: "Ashley and Mary-Kate, I love so much.
“When I'm in New York or when they're here, when we can, we see each other.”
He added that they became and stayed good “friends because I kind of got the whole thing of everything they're about.”
Bob shared that the twins, along with other Full House cast members, were there for him in a “big way when I've gone through hard stuff.”
In the wake of his passing, Mary-Kate and Ashley said in a statement: ”Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man.
“We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us but know that he will continue to be by our side to guide us as gracefully as he always has.
“We are thinking of his daughters, wife and family and are sending our condolences.”
The actor was found dead at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando on Sunday, just hours after putting on a comedy show the night before.
He'd tweeted at around 3am on Sunday: “Loved tonight’s show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Appreciative audience. Thanks again to @RealTimWilkins for opening."
Bob concluded: "I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight. I’m happily addicted again to this s***."
The Sheriff’s Department and fire department arrived at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando at around 4pm after Bob was found in his room by hotel security.
He was pronounced dead at the scene but the circumstances of his death are unknown at this time.
Cops said they found "no signs of foul play or drug use".
Bob's family said in a statement to Us Weekly: "We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today.
“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.”
He is survived by his wife, Kelly Rizzo, and his three children.
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