Candace Cameron Bure gets emotional reading her last text with Bob Saget: 'I can't believe he's gone forever'
It’s been almost a month since beloved TV dad Bob Saget died at the age of 65, and now a close confidant is opening up about one of their final exchanges.
Candace Cameron Bure, who played Saget’s TV daughter in the hit sitcom Full House, sat down with Today’s Hoda Kotb to share the most treasured memories of their 35-year friendship.
In the interview, the actress revealed she and her former TV dad got into an argument two weeks before his death, which led Saget to send a “pages long” text to apologize.
“I’m so scared that I’m gonna pull up his text and then accidentally delete it one day. It scares me so much because I don’t ever want to lose this,” an emotional Bure told Kotb.
“We were gonna have dinner and we got into a little tiff and his flight was delayed. We ended up not having dinner,” she explained. “But in Bob fashion, the next day he wrote me what would be pages long of a text. He was apologizing, saying he was cranky and he was just so sorry.”
Bure went on to read some excerpts from Saget's text, which read: “Oh, now I feel even worse. I was so wrong. You’re like my favorite person on the earth and I acted like Dolly [Saget’s mother]. I was getting ready to take a late flight and I was annoyed … You’re one of the few that understands that if I act like Dolly I’m not the best at my game that day. Haha.”
He went on to write, “I love you more for the trouble you’re giving me if that’s even possible,” to which Bure replied, “I love you. I could never be mad at you. Roll my eyes at you, yes, but never mad. And I love that you for being Dolly. That made me laugh out loud.”
“I love you. My mom loved you too.” -@candacecbure shares her last texts with her friend and former co-star Bob Saget. pic.twitter.com/zU6VGtTShV
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Bure couldn’t help but smile when remembering the day the two first met.
“We were doing our pilot episode for Full House,” she recalled. “Bob is so tall, you know, he’s 6-foot-4 and I was 10 years old. He kneeled down to me and got eye to eye with me and said, ‘Hi I’m Bob, I’m going to be your dad. I’m playing your dad so I want you to be comfortable. And we’re going to be friends.’ He was just so warm and inviting and it really kicked off an incredible 35-year friendship.”
“I can’t believe he’s gone forever, I just can’t,” she added. “My brain hasn’t comprehended that yet. I think for even TV viewers, again, you might think like, oh he played your dad on TV, but Bob was so much more than that. I mean really one of my closest friends for 35 years so to think that he’s not here and we’re not gonna have another joke or another hug or just another bit of ridiculousness in life, it’s almost unbearable for me to think about.”
The actress went on to explain how "emotionally available" Saget was, adding that he was the first man she ever saw cry.
"He was really the first person in my life as a man that I saw cry and have those emotions right at the forefront of his conversations," she remembered. "If you were hurting he would hurt with you. You would see the tears swell up in his eyes. Bob is a remarkable person and I’ve never had a friendship like the one I’ve had with him."
Bure, who is a practicing Christian, also spoke about how their religious and political ideological differences actually brought them closer together.
“If people see Bob’s standup, it’s not family friendly standup,” she joked. “So there would always be a question, like, how can you guys be friends? And its like, well, I grew up with Bob so I understand his sense of humor. I too have a sense of humor. But I can also separate that person that’s on the stage making jokes to get the laugh, and the real heart behind a person and their love and their friendship and their kindness.”
She continued, “He would invite me to things all the time in the standup world but then say, ‘You’re invited but don’t come. Don’t come because I know you. This will cross a line for you. You’re not gonna enjoy it, you’re not gonna laugh, so, like, I love you. You can come if you want to, but don’t come.’”
“Bob was available and there for everyone that he knew,” Bure concluded. “No matter what happened, Bob would drop anything for you in a second, in a heartbeat. And you didn’t even have to be his best friend for him to do that. I mean, that’s how huge his heart was. There are very few friends in life like that and that’s the hardest part of the loss. It’s that friendship that’s unconditional. It’s a lifetime. But I guess our lifetime is finished on earth for now.”
Bure's emotional recollection comes nearly a month after Saget was found dead in an Orlando-area hotel room on Jan. 9 — soon after he'd performed in a standup comedy tour that was scheduled through the summer.
One day after his body was found, the District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office announced that an autopsy had been performed, which showed no signs of drug use or foul play. The statement added that the cause and manner of his death was pending further investigation and could take an estimated 10 to12 weeks.