Bob Saget fights back tears discussing friend Robin Williams: It was ‘a big loss’

Bob Saget fought tears in the discussion of his friend, the late comedian Robin Williams.


Bob Saget is opening up about his close friendship with the late Robin Williams.

The comedian spoke with ET’s Nischelle Turner at the Hollywood premiere of HBO’s new documentary, “Robin Williams, Come Inside My Spirit,” on Wednesday, where he had a hard time fighting back tears as he emotionally thought about the impact of the iconic actor had on his life and his career.

“Oh, you’re killing me, you’re killing me,” Saget said when he started to get emotional while explaining how Williams’ death in 2014 left a huge gap in the lives of everyone.”

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“[He was] a whirlwind of energy, a beautiful person,” Saget said solemnly. “[It was] a huge loss. Everyone felt it.”

“In 1978, I moved to L. A. went to the Comedy Store, met Robin right away, he had just finished with R’owan and Martin’s Laugh-In’ [and] it was ‘Mork and Mindy,” and he loved me, and of my deed,” Saget shared, recalling the beginning of their lifelong friendship.

The “Full House” alum also praised Williams for his generosity and dedication to helping others, which explains how the iconic star as a volunteer to perform on seven different benefit gala for the Scleroderma Research Foundation — that Saget is closely involved in the process.

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“We have $46 million in that year for the research of Robin. That is how philanthropic he was,” Saget shared.

Looking back on the breadth of Williams’ impressive career, Saget couldn’t help but marvel at his tremendous versatility.

“If he had never had a stand-up, that would be a loss for everyone, as he had just done the movie parts that he did, [such as] ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ ‘Goodwill Hunting,’ you’d go, ‘My God, what a genius actor!'” he said. “This is a man, that was a strength that you don’t see [but] every few hundred years.”

The 62-year-old comedian continued to fight back tears as he admitted that it is still difficult for him to refer to Williams in the past tense, with words like “was,” and looked back on one of his favorite memories.

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“There was a time when I was in the Comedy Store in La Jolla [California], and he was there and I felt disappointed about my career and he said: ‘Hey, come here.’ And we went in the dressing room and we watched TV with the sound off and made of words, ‘ Saget remembered. “He loved funny people. He could tell when someone was talented and he wanted to know everything about them and they work, find them out. And he was loved and he was special.”

HBO’s “Robin Williams: Come Into My head,” reveals an intimate look into the tumultuous, brilliant and complex life of the beloved comedian, who died of suicide in August 2014 at the age of 63. The documentary will premiere on July 16.

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