Bob Saget’s widow hits back at conspiracy theories in her first red carpet since his death


EXCLUSIVE: ‘I feel like he’s watching from the wings.’ Bob Saget’s widow Kelly Rizzo says she still ‘feels his closeness’ and shuts down conspiracy theories about his mysterious death, in her first red carpet event without the comedian

  • Kelly Rizzo opened up on her husband Bob Saget’s death at her first red carpet event since the comedian’s untimely death in January 
  • The 43-year-old said she is still struggling to cope with the loss of her husband but admitted she can still feel him ‘supporting’ her from beyond the grave
  • ‘This is my first red carpet situation without him. But still I feel like he’s watching from the wings and still giving me his support,’ Rizzo told DailyMail.com
  • Rizzo attended the Critics Choice Real TV Awards in LA Sunday where friend John Stamos presented her with the Impact Award for Saget’s legacy
  • Saget, 65, was found dead at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando on January 9 after apparently suffering a severe head injury 
  • Rizzo said she does not entertain the conspiracy theory that have emerged about his death adding: ‘We cannot give it any energy. It is just ridiculous’

Bob Saget‘s widow has opened up on the comedian’s untimely death and revealed she still feels his presence, in her first public appearance since he was found dead in Florida earlier this year. 

Kelly Rizzo attended the Critics Choice Real TV Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday – her first red carpet event without her husband, who died unexpectedly on January 9 after suffering a head injury in his Orlando hotel room.

Six months on, Rizzo, 43, said she is still struggling to cope with the loss but admitted she can feel ‘his closeness’ and believes he is supporting her from beyond the grave. 

‘Bob was – and it is strange to me to refer to him in the past tense – is, a person who no matter what the situation, he pushed forward, he persevered,’ she told DailyMail.com. 

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Kelly Rizzo opened up about late husband Bob Saget with DailyMail.com in her first red carpet event since his untimely death in January

Kelly Rizzo opened up about late husband Bob Saget with DailyMail.com in her first red carpet event since his untimely death in January 

Rizzo, 43, said she is still struggling to cope with the loss of her husband but admitted she believes he is continuing to support her from beyond the grave

Saget and wife Kelly Rizzo

Rizzo, 43, said she is still struggling to cope with the loss of her husband but admitted she believes he is continuing to support her from beyond the grave

‘He had a lot of loss in his life, a lot of difficulty in his life, and nothing ever stopped the show.

‘So I, at the very least, owe him that – to get out bed and put a smile on my face and be strong for him. It’s been a very strange journey, but today I’m feeling pretty good.

‘Every day is a little different. This is my first big event, my first red carpet situation without him. But still I feel like he’s just watching from the wings and still giving me his support. It’s like he’s supporting me while I’m supporting him in this,’ she added.

Saget, 65, best known as single dad Danny Tanner in 90s sitcom Full House, was found dead at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando the morning after a standup performance in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. 

Saget’s sudden passing attracted major media attention and raised questions due to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the beloved actor, who was said to be ‘happy’ and in good health. 

His family then sparked further scrutiny and rumors after Rizzo and Saget’s three daughters filed a lawsuit blocking the release of any records from the medical examiner’s office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, including photographs, video and audio recordings, and ‘statutorily protected autopsy information’.

Saget’s death was ruled an accident as a result of blunt head trauma believed to have been caused by a fall, however, investigators were not able to determine exactly how he severely fractured his skull. 

In recent months fans have raised theories questioning medical conclusions on the death, including baseless claims that the COVID-19 vaccine was a factor.  

Asked if she was surprised by the conspiracies dominating the news rather than the tragedy, Rizzo replied: ‘In today’s day and age not really. Nothing is really shocking anymore.’

While the loss ‘still doesn’t make sense’ to her, Rizzo said she does not entertain the conspiracy theories that have emerged.

‘We don’t give it any energy. We cannot give it any energy. It is just ridiculous,’ she said.

Hours before he was found dead in his hotel, Saget had shared a selfie on Instagram following his performance at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Jacksonville on January 8

Hours before he was found dead in his hotel, Saget had shared a selfie on Instagram following his performance at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Jacksonville on January 8 

Saget had driven himself back from a stand-up gig two hours away in Jacksonville, Florida in the early morning of January 9 to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando where he was later found unresponsive

Saget had driven himself back from a stand-up gig two hours away in Jacksonville, Florida in the early morning of January 9 to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando where he was later found unresponsive

An autopsy report revealed Saget died of blunt head trauma, but investigators never determined how he injured himself. This diagram shows all the injuries sustained by Saget

An autopsy report revealed Saget died of blunt head trauma, but investigators never determined how he injured himself. This diagram shows all the injuries sustained by Saget

She continued: ‘It is unfortunate that people go down a negative route when all that Bob was, was positivity and love.    

‘So to not focus on that is a shame and a loss. Because that is who he was and was all about. So it’s like, let’s focus on that, you know?’ 

Rizzo added that while she does not believe in the supernatural, she believes that Saget is still a strong presence in her life.

‘I did have a couple of signs from him or what I felt were signs from him. But nothing in that [supernatural] realm.

‘Definitely I have felt his closeness many times.

‘It’s really like when I watch a video or listen to a voicemail or something like that, I feel like he is still here.’

Rizzo said she is reminded of her late husband on a daily basis.

‘I have so many knick-knacks, so many of his photos around. It’s really almost everything, I mean he’s everywhere. 

‘He was just such a presence…..he’s very omnipresent in my house. 

The actress added that attending the recent Netflix tribute to her husband was ‘hard’, but left her happy with jokes galore from friends which allowed her to laugh fully for the first time since his death.

While the loss 'still doesn't make sense' to her, Rizzo said she does not entertain the conspiracy theories that have emerged

While the loss ‘still doesn’t make sense’ to her, Rizzo said she does not entertain the conspiracy theories that have emerged

Rizzo spoke Sunday at the Critics Choice Real TV Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles where close friend John Stamos presented her the Impact Award to Rizzo for Saget's long legacy

Rizzo spoke Sunday at the Critics Choice Real TV Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles where close friend John Stamos presented her the Impact Award to Rizzo for Saget’s long legacy

Stamos and Saget, who starred together on 90s sitcom Full House, remained close friends until his death. The two are pictured with their respective partners in 2018

Stamos and Saget, who starred together on 90s sitcom Full House, remained close friends until his death. The two are pictured with their respective partners in 2018 

Rizzo revealed she has also grown close to Saget’s ex-wife Sherri Kramer as a result of their shared grief. 

Hosted by close friends John Stamos and Jeff Ross, stories and sets came from Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, Tim Allen and Jon Lovitz in a Netflix special tribute called Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute.

‘It was very difficult at the time because it was my first time being back at the Comedy Store which was Bob’s old stomping ground,’ she said. 

‘He has a huge, huge photo on the wall at the Comedy Store and walking past that for the first time was really hard.

‘That whole evening was a bit of a blur, but it was still the first time I had like a belly laugh in three weeks. 

‘It was the first time I really felt like I had laughed, which felt really good. It was a special night.

‘I was with Bob’s daughters, his nephew, his ex-wife, who is one of the closest people in my life now, too.

‘There was so much love and support. It was wonderful.’

Rizzo admitted it was ‘deeply emotional’ for her to attend a Hollywood event without her husband and return to her first red carpet since Saget passed.

She spoke at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, before close friend John Stamos presented her the Impact Award to Rizzo for Saget’s long legacy of accomplishment in nonfiction, unscripted and reality television. 

Saget was previously married to Sherri Kramer from 1982 to 1997. Rizzo revealed she has grown close to Kramer as a result of their shared grief

Saget was previously married to Sherri Kramer from 1982 to 1997. Rizzo revealed she has grown close to Kramer as a result of their shared grief 

Rizzo, who was often seen on the red carpet alongside her husband and his daughters (pictured in 2018) says she has relied on his family and friends for support

Rizzo, who was often seen on the red carpet alongside her husband and his daughters (pictured in 2018) says she has relied on his family and friends for support 

Saget was laid to rest in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery on January 14. Pallbearers included from left to right: Jeff Ross, Norman Lear, Steve Hale, Ted Sarandos, Judd Apatow, Dave Coulier, and John Mayer

Saget was laid to rest in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery on January 14. Pallbearers included from left to right: Jeff Ross, Norman Lear, Steve Hale, Ted Sarandos, Judd Apatow, Dave Coulier, and John Mayer

On stage, an emotional Rizzo had the audience laughing when she called his role as the Squiggly Monster on The Masked Singer ‘my favorite character ever that he did – besides Danny Tanner, of course.’ 

‘It’s so wonderful to see how incredibly loved he still is by everybody, and I know that Bob would be so honored and so thrilled and so grateful to receive this award right now,’ she said.

‘I mean, he would be blown away. All he wanted to do was make people happy, laugh, and smile.

‘Bob’s incredible daughters and I are so honored to be able to accept this on Bob’s behalf. And this is very bittersweet, because this is just still… It’s so surreal,’ she added.

Rizzo reacted to the video career highlights package of Saget’s career too: ‘You watch that, and you look at him, and you’re like Bob was larger than life.

‘He was so full of life. He was a force of nature. And you watch that, and you’re like, ‘How is he not the one that’s on the stage right now?’ It still doesn’t make sense. It still doesn’t really compute.’

The Critics Choice Real TV Awards were launched in 2019 as an awards platform to give the unscripted genre critical attention and support.

The awards celebrate programming across platforms including TV and streaming services, and also recognize industry leaders with special awards highlighting career achievements.

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