BOB Saget “didn’t make a fortune” from his Full House fame, a source told Kristen Bell Tattoos.
Unlike other sitcom creators in the 1990s, Bob never received ownership points for the Full House franchise that brought him fame, according to a source with long ties to his business team.
The actor and comedian, who died suddenly on January 9 at the age of 65 in Florida from a heart attack or stroke, was also unable to become a corporate publicist due to his infamous R-rated stand-up act.
This meant he missed out on the high-profile commercial contracts that Jerry Seinfeld and Tina Fey signed with American Express.
And while other gigs — like his years hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos and playing narrator Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother — paid well, they didn’t translate into long-term ownership either.
A source told Kristen Bell Tattoos: “People assume that Bob made his fortune on Full House, but the original run of the show was one of his first big TV jobs and he really started from the bottom in terms of salary.
“The value of Full House was that it made him a household name and brought in more work.
“That alone didn’t make him outrageously rich. He still had to take on other work.
“Bob was paid handsomely for Full House and America’s Funniest Home Video, but unlike Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen or the cast of Friends, he never had points. [ownership share] to his biggest hits of the 1990s.
“He was a hired hand on these shows and How I Met Your Mother in the 2000s, and that was fine with him.”
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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 to 1995 and was key in making the show a worldwide hit.
He was the original host of America’s Funniest Home Videos between 1990 and 1996, and in 2005 took on the role of voice-over narrator on How I Met Your Mother.
He later reprized the role of Danny Tanner in the Netflix sequel Fuller House which ran from 2016 to 2020.
But while Bob returned to the role of Danny Tanner, the source said, “He’s always been more comfortable acting as a stand-up guy making a few thousand a night than selling and packaging shows.”
“Producing a TV show was not his life’s work,” the insider said.
“He saw it as his life’s work to tell dirty jokes. That’s why he doesn’t have $100 million, even though he could easily earn it.
“Bob didn’t make huge commercial profits and he blamed it on his ultra-adult comedy and endless jokes about sex and prostitution.
“He never had an American Express campaign like Seinfeld or Tina Fey.”
But although Bob regretted the lack of a large fee, he was not obsessed with money and gave millions to charity.
The source explained: “He was extremely charitable and didn’t want to go down the path of obsession with profits and points like his late friend Harry Shandling, who fought over money with Bob’s other late best friend, a manager turned movie mogul. Brad Grey.
Bob is survived by his second wife, Kelly Rizzo, and three children, whom he shares with his first wife Sherry Kramer.