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John Stamos Gives Heartfelt Tribute at Bob Saget's Memorial Service - Read His Speech

John Stamos Gives Heartfelt Tribute at Bob Saget's Memorial Service - Read His Speech

John Stamos is remembering his friend and Full House co-star Bob Saget.

The 58-year-old Big Shot actor gave a moving tribute to the late comedian at his memorial service in Los Angeles last Friday (January 14), honoring their decades long friendship.

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“I just wish he knew how much the world loved him when he was here,” he began his speech, which was published by The Los Angeles Times. “I spent many a night trying to convince him of how loved he really was (or maybe it was the other way around — him trying to convince me how loved he was). But that was just Bob bluster. There’s no way he thought his death would have this kind of impact. This is the kind of coverage that speaks to someone who genuinely connected with people, and not just for a moment, but for generations.”

John brought up how close they were and incorporated some of the raunchier comedy Bob was known for outside of his role in Full House.

“One of the great honors of my life is being associated with him at this moment in time,” he continued. “I’ve gotten thousands of texts, emails and calls speaking to our 35-year friendship, telling me how sorry they were for my loss. People have even sent flowers like I lost my wife or something. Come to think of it, when we were together, we were like an old, married couple: all bickering, no sex.”

The actor added that while they had their disagreements, they cared deeply for each other. He recalled a small argument they had last summer, which he apologized to Bob for. The comedian wrote a touching tribute to him on his birthday in response, calling John his “brother.”

“I may just read that every day for the rest of my life,” John said. “When I lost my parents, Bob was there for me like no other. He told dirty jokes and talked about himself as he hosted my dad’s funeral. He was there through divorces, deaths, despair and dark days. He was there through love, marriage, a child and bright times. He was my lifeline.”

“He loved hard and deep. (Cue Bob to make a joke out of ‘hard and deep’),” he quipped. “He would do that during tragedies and honestly, it would piss me off sometimes. That’s how he got through the darkness, and sadly he had a lot of it in his life. Now that I’m dealing with him dying, I sort of get it.”

He went on to say he was “shattered” when he learned the news of Bob‘s death.

“But my supportive wife picked me up, threw me in the car and drove to Bob and [his wife] Kelly’s house,” he shared. “That’s what Bob would have done if it were the other way around. I slipped into the backyard by myself. His last cigar was sitting in an ashtray by the jacuzzi. It was windy and balmy. I looked up to the sky and said, ‘Baby, please give me a sign from up there.’ (I called him Baby because that’s how he entered his info into my phone years ago.) ‘Tell me you’re alright. Tell me not to feel bad.’”

A hummingbird then flew down, which he interpreted as a message from his late mother to “stop looking for goofy signs” because Bob was at peace.

“I don’t need Bob in some other realm,” he said. “He’s in the lessons I teach my son and the hilarious dirty stories that my wife and I will laugh at for the rest of our lives. Hell, I can Google him to life and hear him any time, night or day. And now I can pause or fast forward him, which would have been incredible a few times while he was alive.”

“I’ve spent days refusing to let him go,” he continued. “But now I’m starting to realize I don’t have to. I don’t have to say goodbye because he’s never leaving my heart. And I will continue to talk to him every day and let him know what he means to me. Bob, I will never, ever have another friend like you. You will always be my best friend. You are my new guardian angel — a guardian angel with the dirtiest mouth and a heart as big and benevolent as forever. I love you, Baby.”

Bob passed away at the age of 65 on January 9, just hours after performing at a comedy show in Florida. You can read the Full House cast’s joint tribute statement to Bob here.

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