John Stamos has expressed his disappointment the late Bob Saget did not feature in the Tony Awards’ 2022 in memoriam tribute.
Ahead of the 75th annual awards ceremony on Sunday night (US time), Stamos tweeted that his late Full House co-star and close friend would be excluded from the segment dedicated to stars who’ve died in the past year – seemingly finding out from an earlier dress rehearsal.
“Disappointed to hear that @bobsaget will be LEFT OUT of the In Memoriam segment tonight @TheTonyawards,” wrote Stamos.
“Bob was brilliant in The Drowsy Chaperone & Hand to God. Come on @BroadwayLeague and @TheWing! Do the right thing! Bob loved Broadway and I know the community loved him.”
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In a second post, he wrote, “Let’s make some noise about this everyone – and send our love and good wishes to the hosts @ArianaDeBose, @JulianneHough and my buddy @DarrenCriss and all the well-deserved nominees.”
The In Memoriam portion of the ceremony featured a live performance by Billy Porter and honoured late stars like Sidney Poitier, Joan Didion, Stephen Sondheim and William Hurt. Saget was not mentioned, People reports.
Laurence Fishburne commenced the short segment, saying, “Since the theatrical community last gathered as one to celebrate our art, we have lost great number of cherished friends and colleagues. Many were familiar to generations of theatergoers, theater lovers who were transported by their performances onstage or moved by their voices on cast albums.”
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“Others may not have been as well known beyond the 26 square blocks known as Broadway, but their contributions behind the scenes were equally vital to the American theatre.
“We remember some of them now, along with all of our colleagues whose brilliance will forever enlighten future artists and admirers.”
In 2007, Saget made his debut on Broadway in the hit musical The Drowsy Chaperone as Man in Chair. He later starred in Hand to God as Pastor Greg in 2015.
The actor and comedian was pronounced dead at aged 65 after he was found in his hotel room in Florida on January 9.
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Shortly after the news of Saget’s passing broke online, Stamos shared a heartbreaking message to social media: “I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby.”
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