‘America’s Funniest Videos’ Interrupted Broadcast to Announce Death of Bob Saget

by Josh Lanier

Hundreds of thousands of people learned of Bob Saget’s death Sunday while watching one of the shows he helped turn into a television institution. ABC interrupted an episode of America’s Funniest Videos Sunday night to tell the nation that the comedy legend had died. Saget hosted AFV for its first eight seasons during the peak of the show’s popularity.

Bob Saget died Sunday in a Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida. Hotel security found him in his room at 4 p.m., reports said. Officials said there was no obvious cause of death, but the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told TMZ there were “no signs of foul play or drug use.”

The comedian was 65, married, and had three children.

Saget was on tour in Florida. He tweeted hours before his death about how excited he was for his upcoming shows and new stand-up material.

While he was a very popular stand-up comedian, Bob Saget is best known for playing Danny Tanner on Full House and hosting America’s Funniest Videos. He led the fan-submitted video clip series on ABC from 1989 until 1997. He handed the reins to comic John Fugelsang but returned to the show three times for special events, Yahoo reported.

AFV featured user submitted clips but Saget punctuated each of them with a quick joke or a pun.

Family of Bob Saget, America’s Dad, Mourn his Death

Bob Saget in many ways created the modern television dad. Full House’s Danny Tanner was goofy, even-tempered, often the butt of the joke, but always caring. Many considered him to be America’s dad, or at least wished he was there father.

Saget’s actual family said his portrayal of Danny Tanner was close to how he was in real life. His wife Kelly Rizzo, and his adult daughters, Aubrey, Lara, and Jennifer released a statement about his death Sunday.

“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,” it read.

Saget spoke about his love for his family often in interviews and on his podcast, Bob Saget’s Here For You.

“They are the light of my life,” he told PEOPLE back in 2016. “I am a fortunate man in that all three of my daughters are exceptional. [They are] very high beings, very smart people, very wonderful and very brilliant, very beautiful.”

Full House Cast React to Saget’s Passing

His TV family mourned for him as well. His death was sudden and unexpected so many were still processing the new when they took to social media Sunday.

“I don’t know what to say,” Candace Cameron Bure tweeted. “I have no words. Bob was one of the best humans beings I’ve ever known in my life. I loved him so much.”

Dave Coulier, who called Saget his forever brother, said he was heartbroken. And John Stamos said he was in “utter shock” at the news.

“I am broken and gutted. I’m in complete and utter shock,” he tweeted.  “I will never ever have another friend like him. Love you so much, Bobby.”