BOB Saget “did not make a fortune” from his Full House fame, a source has exclusively told The Sun.
The actor and comedian, who passed away suddenly at 65 on January 9 in Florida of a suspected heart attack or stroke, was also held back from becoming a corporate pitchman by his notoriously R-rated standup act.
It meant he missed out on the kind of high end commercial contracts Jerry Seinfeld and Tina Fey signed with American Express.
And while other gigs – such as his years of hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos and role as narrator Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother – paid well, they did not result in long-term ownership either.
The Sun’s source said: “People assume Bob made a fortune on Full House but the original run of that show was one of his first major TV jobs and he really started from the bottom, salary-wise.
“The value in Full House was that it made him a household name and brought more work.
“In and of itself, it did not make him outrageously rich. He still had to take other jobs.
“Bob was paid handsomely for Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos but unlike Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen or the Friends cast, he never had points [ownership share] on his biggest hits of the 1990s.
“He was a hired hand on those shows, and on How I Met Your Mother in the 2000s, and he was fine with that.”
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Bob starred as widower Danny Tanner on the ABC sitcom alongside John Stamos and the Olsen twins Mary-Kate and Ashley from 1987 until 1995 and was key in making the show a worldwide hit.
He was the original host on America’s Funniest Home Videos between 1990 and 1996 and took the role of voiceover narrator on How I Met Your Mother in 2005.
He later reprised the role of Danny Tanner for a Netflix sequel Fuller House which ran from 2016 to 2020.
But according to the source, although Bob returned to the role of Danny Tanner “he was always more comfortable as a standup making a few thousand a night than he was selling and packaging TV series.”
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“Producing TV shows was not his life’s work,” the insider said.
“He saw his life’s work as telling dirty jokes. That’s why he doesn’t have $100 million sitting around, even though he could have made that much easily.
“Bob didn’t have a huge commercial windfall and he blamed his ultra-adult stand-up comedy and endless jokes about sex and prostitution.
“He never had that American Express campaign like Seinfeld or Tina Fey did.”
But although the lack of a big payday was a source of regret for Bob, he was not obsessed with money and he gave away millions to charity.
The source explained: ”He was exceedingly charitable and didn’t want to go down the road of being obsessed with profits and points like his late friend Garry Shandling, who fought over money with Bob’s other late best friend, manager-turned-movie mogul Brad Grey.”