‘Three’s Company’ Star Suzanne Somers Learned of Bob Saget’s Death Live on Air

by Allison Hambrick
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Actress Suzanne Somers was being interviewed live on the air when she heard tragic news: her friend Bob Saget passed away.

“I would appear on his show from time to time, because right next door at Warner Bros. was my set for ‘Step By Step,’ where I starred with Patrick Duffy,” Somers said on Studio 10. “We would go over to the ‘Full House’ set, and it was kind of this wonderful thing that was going on at Warner Bros. at that time. I can’t believe it. He’s so young. That’s just … I’m so, so, so sorry. He was a great guy. Really nice.” 

Full House ran from 1987 to 1995, while Step by Step aired from 1991 to 1997. Both shows were part of the iconic “TGIF” lineup on ABC. Other “TGIF” shows included Family Matters, Boy Meets World, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, among others. Because of his role in Full House, Saget became known as “America’s Dad,” and he’s beloved by many who grew up in the 1990s.

On Jan. 9 2022, Saget was found dead in an Orlando hotel room. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department issued this statement: “Earlier today, deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for a call about an unresponsive man in a hotel room. The man was identified as Robert Saget & pronounced deceased on scene.”

Saget’s family confirmed the death of the star, who “was everything” to them. They wanted his fans “to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter.”

Hollywood Mourns Bob Saget

Moreover, many stars shared their sadness over the death of Saget. Ranging from costars to fellow comedians, Hollywood made no secret of their love for the late actor.

“Bob Saget was as lovely a human as he was funny,” wrote writer-producer Norman Lear. “And to my mind, he was hilarious. We were close friends and I could not have loved him more.” Other stars who paid tribute include Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Allen, Henry Winkler and Jim Carrey, who noted Saget’s “big big heart and warped comic mind.”

Dave Coulier, who played Saget’s lifelong best friend on Full House, said: ““My heart is broken. I love you, Bob. Your forever brother, Dave.” John Stamos, the third member of the trio of dads from Full House, tweeted that he will “never ever have another friend like him.”

Saget’s television daughters also shared their sadness. The Olsen twins, who shared the role of Michelle, called Saget “the most loving, compassionate and generous man.”

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