'America's Funniest Home Videos' honors founding host, Bob Saget: 'the world lost a legend'

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The sitcom “Full House” was where Bob Saget first became a household name. But just two years into the beloved show, Saget took on the duties of hosting “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which permanently cemented him into the pantheon of family-friendly celebrities.

Every Sunday night on ABC from 1989-1997, Saget would be introduced into the living rooms of families everywhere and deftly conduct a wide array of wacky home video clips.

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The show rode on his amiable shoulders and made it into the hit that still airs weekly to this day.

So it was fitting that “AFV” put together a loving tribute to their founding host after Saget’s shocking death last week at the age of 65.

During its latest broadcast, the show played a touching, and of course funny, compilation of Saget’s classic bits from the show. It honored his deft ability for broad, physical comedy, all the while adding those lightly twisted voiceovers that framed the funny in every kooky clip.

Introducing the homage, current host, Alfonso Ribeiro, said, "as you've heard, the world lost a legend last week, and AFV lost a family member. Bob Saget is synonymous with 'AFV' to this day, and this show wouldn't have been the same without his unique sense of humor. It's been my honor to continue carrying the torch Bob so brightly lit."

As Yahoo! Entertainment further reported, the show then asked fans to consider donating to the Scleroderma Research Foundation in Saget's honor. The comedian lost his sister, Andrea, to a brain aneurysm in 1987, and after that, he was dedicated to raising awareness and funds for scleroderma research.

On January 10, one day after his death, Saget’s other ABC family, the cast of “Full House,” also released a joint statement on Instagram honoring their friend.

"Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family," said the caption. "And now we grieve as a family. Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob's honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob."

Given its silly-fun ethos, it can be forgotten that “AFV” was also a precursor to YouTube and the prevalence of viral videos today. In a pre-internet age, Saget helped usher in a new angle on embarrassing video moments that most would erase, instead showcasing the fails and foibles of everyday life as almost honorable, or at least good for a humbling laugh. It helped define an aesthetic that has come to be central to viral content on social media.

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