Philly native Bob Saget appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live with former Full House co-star John Stamos and the two shared some of their favorite stories about late comedian Don Rickles, who died last week at age 90.
Saget recalled seeing Rickles at the long-closed Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, telling the Kimmel audience that he snuck into the nightclub at age 17 to see the comic do his thing. However, things did not go as planned.
“I was underage, and so I got arrested,” Saget said.
Both Saget and Stamos were close friends with Rickles, and Saget was visibly upset while speaking about the late comedian on the show. Kimmel himself choked up during a monologue following Rickles’ death last week, saying that Rickles’ moniker of “Mr. Warmth” was no joke.
Saget, who Rickles said looked like a “Jewish Clark Kent,” echoed Kimmel’s sentiment, telling the crowd that the late comic mercilessly mocked people "lovingly."
“When he was mean to you, it was like a privilege,” Saget said. “It was like a gift.”
The pair also regularly had dinner with Rickles, and told Kimmel that they would sneak him cookies and hot dogs, much to the disappointment of his wife of 52 years, Barbara, a native of Wynnefield. Saget’s penchant for giving Rickles hot dogs actually upset her so much at one dinner, she had to leave the table, giving Saget a setup for a joke.
"To make him laugh, that’s, like, a big gift. And this is one that I’ll always remember,” Saget said. “So she gets up and goes to the bathroom, and I said, ‘You've got to get out of this.’ And the man hit the table. And then he smacked me. Did he ever smack you in the face? He would do it lovingly, too.”
Saget also shared with Kimmel the last conversation he had with Rickles, which, fittingly, was lovingly insulting.
“The last time I talked to him, like, five weeks ago, I called him, and I said, ‘How you feeling?’ And he said, ‘What do I have to do to get you out of my life?’,” Saget said. “So I did apparently have something to do with it.”
Kimmel, for his part, agreed in a way that Rickles likely would have found appropriate.
“I don’t want to upset you, and I know you loved him,” Kimmel told Saget and Stamos. “But I do want to say about the two of you: John Stamos and Bob Saget, between the cookies and the hot dogs, killed Don Rickles.”
Rickles died of kidney failure last week at his home in Los Angeles at age 90. Survivors include his wife Barbara, daughter Mindy, and two grandchildren. Rickles’ only son, Larry, died in 2011.