After the renowned comedian died suddenly last week at the age of 65, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” paid special homage to Bob Saget, who was the original presenter of the ABC comedy show in the ’90s.
The memorial aired at the start of Sunday’s broadcast, one week after Saget died at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Fla.
The poignant piece, which features some of Saget’s best moments emceeing the show, is introduced by current “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host Alfonso Ribeiro in the whole tribute. In the 2000s and early 2010s, he was the longest-running host.
From 1989 until 1997, Saget hosted “America’s Funniest Home Movies,” which featured amusing home videos of people falling, charming animals, and other backyard hijinks. John Fugelsang and Daisy Fuentes presented the show for two seasons after he left in 1997. Bergeron subsequently took over as emcee in 2001 for a 14-year term, which was followed by Ribeiro from 2015 to the present.
The show began as an hour-long special presented by Saget in 1989, and it was later expanded into a full series. At the same time, he was starring as father Danny Tanner on ABC’s “Full House,” which aired from 1987 to 1995.
“We got together as a TV family 35 years ago, but we became a real family.” “And now we grieve as a family,” the stars of “Full House” wrote following Saget’s death. “Bob made us laugh so hard that we sobbed.” Our tears now flow in sadness, but also in appreciation for all the wonderful memories we have of our dear, kind, hilarious, and cherished Bob. He was a brother to the males, a father to the girls, and a friend to everyone. Bob, you are adored by all of us. In Bob’s honor, we ask that you hug the people you care about. Bob was the best at giving hugs.”