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John Stamos Tells Jimmy Fallon About Losing Bob Saget: "You Never Think It's Going to Be the Last Time You See Them"

The Fuller House star John Stamos told Jimmy Fallon that the Bob Saget chapter of If You Would Have Told Me was his "second hardest" to write. 

By Samantha Vincenty

John Stamos's career has taken him many places, from the set of Full House to a drum kit onstage with the Beach Boys. Stamos visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on October 24 to tell Jimmy Fallon about capturing it all in a new memoir about his life in Hollywood, If You Would Have Told Me. 

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Stamos, who recently turned 60, shared that he was moved to write a memoir after becoming a father at 55—and after the death of comedian Bob Saget, his Full House and Fuller House costar.

While many people first knew of the actor from the 1980s sitcom, Fallon was a day-one Stamos stan. "I'm a General Hospital fan," Fallon said. Like many stars, Stamos got his start on a soap opera, playing foster kid Blackie Parrish.

"They wanted a street urchin from New York," Stamos said. "I had never been to New York and didn't know what a street urchin was." He shared that his audition strategy was to perfect a cool, tough John Travolta-style strut.  This led to a brief strut-off between Stamos and Fallon, naturally. 

John Stamos on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Episode 1860

John Stamos talks to Fallon about his last night with Bob Saget

Fallon noted that the final chapter of the memoir "is about our friend—your really good friend, but mine too," Bob Saget, who died in January 2022

"He was your brother," Fallon said of the two actors, who played literal brothers-in-law onscreen.

Stamos told Fallon that the Bob Saget chapter of If You Would Have Told Me was "the second hardest" one to write, saying that his grief stages involved "health, and therapy, and family." 

Fallon shared a photo of the last evening Stamos spent with Bob Saget, snapped with Saget's wife Kelly Rizzo and his own spouse, Caitlin McHugh.

"That was the last night that I saw him," Stamos said. "And you never—you know, you go to dinner, you never think it's going to be the last time you see them. The last picture."

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"And Jimmy, he was everything I wanted in Bob," Stamos shared about their final dinner, describing him as "calm" and "sweet." Stamos is grateful now that they took their time.

"You're always in a hurry in life, right? 'Oh, I gotta do this, I gotta do that. And you know, we stayed," Stamos continued. "When something like that happens, you kind of want to remember everything. What did we eat? What did we do? We ordered some cake, and we had some coffee. We stayed longer than we normally would have, you know?"

"So, if you have the chance and you're with someone you love and care about, stay and have the cake and have some coffee. It was a beautiful night," Stamos said, getting emotional. "It's hard without him."

Watch Fallon's interview with John Stamos above, and watch The Tonight Show weeknights at 11:35/10:35c and next day on Peacock.