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Bob Saget's pals John Mayer and Jeff Ross choke up while retrieving his car from LAX

Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times on

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Ross, 56, said he has spent the last few days at Saget's house and praised how much of "a family guy" Saget was.

"I feel vulnerable. I feel less protected without him in the world. He was really the guy you called when you had a life issue," Ross added. "There's going to be something missing for a long time."

And that's when Mayer started choking up at the wheel: "The only person who could have given me the advice I needed in a nuanced way that I could understand is Bob. Because Bob was sadly a graduate of the university of loss," Mayer said, with Ross adding that Saget was "a professional mourner."

Indeed, the longtime "America's Funniest Home Videos" host grieved several family members throughout his life, including his older sister, Gay, who battled scleroderma until her death in 1994.

"The guy to help with this [grief] is the guy who's not here," Mayer said, admitting that he was new to this kind of mourning. The "Your Body Is a Wonderland" singer got self-aware later and imagined his pain could provide fodder for new music.

"I didn't understand this, so get ready for some records!" he joked.

 

Hitting a more serious note during their drive, Mayer opined that people didn't know "that their love for Bob was 100% unironic" until Saget died, saying that was part of the "gut punch" after his death.

"He was a f— A-lister, man. He was Santa Claus. He's bigger," Mayer said. "I think he let people have fun. ... You didn't have to quantify why you loved him."

"Bob was so generous," Ross continued. "And he'd always take everybody out. And I'd always try to take him out, that was my one thing with him. Because I didn't want him to be 'big daddy.' I wanted him to just be my brother and not feel like he was having to take care of yet another person.

"And he really did take care of everybody, and he took care of me. If you need a doctor, if you need a lawyer, if you need a pastrami sandwich at 3 in the morning because some girl just broke your heart — Bob was that guy. He knew how to deal with it. He knew how to handle it."

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