Jimmy Kimmel breaks down in tears as he pays emotional tribute to Bob Saget after actor's sudden death at 65

JIMMY Kimmel broke down in tears while paying tribute to his close friend Bob Saget on Monday night.

The talk show host, 54, called Bob the "sweetest" and "kindest" man in a tearful monologue after the comedian was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday.

"If you've read anything about Bob online last night," an emotional Jimmy began in the pre-taped speech ahead of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

"If you saw any of the many thoughts from people who knew him personally, a word that came up a lot was 'the sweetest.'

"Bob was the sweetest, he was the sweetest man, and the reason people wrote that is because it's true. It's the best word – if you had to pick one word to describe him, that was it: the sweetest."

He went on: "I have so many wonderfully kind and supportive texts and emails, calls from Bob. He always had a compliment.

"He would write sometimes just to tell me he loved me, and I know he did that for many people."

Jimmy added that Bob, 65, was "so funny" – and he wasn't just talking about the star's credits like Full House or American's Funniest Home Videos.

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"I mean funny for real, like when you walked into a party and you saw Bob and his wife Kelly [Rizzo] in the corner, you go straight to them and stay for as long as you could because he had something funny to say about everything and nothing bad to say about anyone," he said.

"He'd write sometimes just to tell me he loved me and I know he did that for many people."

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The Emmy-award winning host then revealed he read through old emails from Bob after learning of his death, which included some "serious" messages about "life and the well-being of our children".

He pulled out a printed copy of an email from Bob about their children which read: "One night soon let's go out and have some meat and some good damn drinks and talk about how lucky we are that we have them."

Jimmy said: "I want to send love to his daughters, to his wife Kelly into his friends who loved him so much, he was very kind to everyone and he had no problem telling everyone that he loved them and what you meant to him."

Bob is survived by his wife Kelly and his three children: Lara, 32, Aubrey, 34, and Jennifer, 29, from his first marriage to Sherri Kramer.


Jimmy then looked back on an appearance Bob made with his Full House co-star John Stamos – who he said "were beyond friends, they were brothers" – in 2017 to commemorate their mutual friend, late comedian Don Rickles.

Fighting back tears, he said: "Bob and John joined me on this show to eulogize Don and tell stories about him and how much we miss him, we never imagined four-and-a-half years later that we’d be talking about…"

The presenter broke down sobbing, before wiping away tears and saying shakily: "I’m sorry I taped this like 14 times and I just…

"Anyway, we just had a beautiful conversation that night, you can see when John and Bob were talking about how much they loved Don, how much they love each other so I thought it would be nice before we go on with the show, the regular show, to share just a bit of that as we remember Bob."

After showing the 2017 interview, Jimmy wrapped up the heartbreaking segment by saying: "We love you Bob and we'll be right back."

Bob was found dead by hotel security at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida, just hours after performing a comedy show in Jacksonville.

The actor and comedian had been touring the country, stopping at multiple locations in Florida.

He was pronounced dead at the scene but the circumstances of his death are still undetermined. Cops said they found "no signs of foul play or drug use".


Bob's wife Kelly said she was "shattered" and in "absolute disbelief" over his sudden passing.

The blogger told PEOPLEthat Bob was "her everything" and she was "so deeply touched by the outpouring of love and tribute from our friends, family, his fans, and his peers."

The 43-year-old added: "When the time is right and when this news is not as raw, I look forward to sharing more of Bob with the world.

"Sharing how much he meant to me, all of those around him, and how much all of his fans and friends meant to him as well."

Bob was best known for his role as Danny Tanner, the patriarch of the Tanner family on the iconic series Full House. He played the role opposite John and Dave Coulier.

His Full House co-stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and John Stamos paid tribute to him shortly after the devastating news broke.


“Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man," Mary-Kate and Ashley told Page Six.

"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 Olsen twins, 35, both played Michelle Tanner, the daughter of Bob's character Danny Tanner on Full House from 1987 until 1995.

John – who played Bob's brother-in-law Jessie – tweeted: "I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby."

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