Kelly Rizzo opened up about her grief process and the last conversation she shared with her late husband Bob Saget in one of the first interviews she gave after his unexpected death.
The comedian passed away on January 9 at the age of 65 after performing in Jacksonville, Florida.
“Everything is a memory. Everything reminds me of him,” Rizzo Hode Kotbu said in an interview with the Today show, which aired on Thursday. “It was difficult, but at the same time wonderful.”
Rizzo said the couple’s last conversation, which they didn’t know would be their last, was loving and cordial.
“I think I said:“ I love you very much ”, and he said:“ I love you endlessly, ”recalled Rizzo. “And then he said – I said, ‘I can’t wait to see you tomorrow. It was just love.”
Rizzo and Kotb said that Saget always tried to tell his loved ones about his feelings.
“To everyone he met and even spent some time, he told them that he loved them endlessly and tirelessly. And that was his whole message,” Rizzo said. “If you knew Bob and he loved you, you would know this. There was never any doubt in your mind.
Rizzo also found comfort in the fact that the comedian was doing what he loved in the last days of his life.
“He was just thrilled to be on the road again,” she said, adding that Saget “was also very sensitive and the whole weight of everything that’s going on in the world right now was weighing him down really hard. ”
“That’s why he felt more than ever obligated to make people laugh and bring them together,” she said. “And he did it until the very last moment.”
Rizzo and Saget married in 2018 after meeting three years earlier on social media.
Saget also has three daughters, Aubrey, Lara and Jennifer, whom he shares with his first wife Sherry Kramer. Kramer and Saget separated in 1997.
The day after her father’s death, Aubrey Saget shared the final text she received from her father, apparently sent before he was about to perform.
“Thank you. Love you. Show time!” he wrote to her.
The Full House star was found dead in his hotel room on January 9 in Orlando, Florida, hours after performing on the nationwide stand-up tour I Don’t Do Negative.
The cause of death was not reported, although police said they were not suspected of foul play or drug use.