The death of Bob Saget has been felt by millions of fans worldwide, due in large part because of the sudden passing of someone many felt died too soon. Known in many circles as America’s dad, Bob Saget left a lasting impression through his standup comedy work, his years as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, as well as his iconic portrayal of Danny Tanner on the original Full House. For many of these reasons, it should come as no surprise that Saget will be receiving a huge award this month from some of his peers in the entertainment industry.
Reported this week by Variety, Bob Saget will be honored with the Impact Award at the Critics Choice Real TV Awards. In conjunction with the award show’s fourth annual ceremony, Saget will be posthumously given the prize, which is currently planned to be accepted by his wife of four years, Kelly Rizzo. Friend and former colleague John Stamos will be presenting the award at the ceremony.
Bob Saget has had a relationship with the Critics Choice Real TV Awards in the past, as he served as host of the inaugural ceremony in 2018. Back then, the show was called the NPACT Impact Awards, before it changed to the Critics Choice Real TV Awards that we know today. The awards are presented to winners by the by the Critics Choice Association, as well as NPACT. Previous recipients of the Impact Award include Survivor host Jeff Probst and the late host of Jeopardy, Alex Trebek.
This will end up being a high honor for Bob Saget, who passed away unexpectedly on January 9, 2022 in Orange County, Florida. According to the Critics Choice website, the Impact Award “recognizes an outstanding individual for career excellence and the positive impact they have made on the world of nonfiction content.” It seems that Bob Saget may possibly be receiving this posthumous award due to his past relationship with the organization, as well as his work on America’s Funniest Home Videos, which he was the original host of from 1989 to 1997. Since then, several celebrities have stepped in Saget’s shoes to host the show on ABC, including comedian John Fugelsang, former MTV VJ Daisy Fuentes, Dancing with the Stars’ Tom Bergeron, and most recently Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro.
In addition to honoring Bob Saget with the Impact Award, the Critics Choice Real TV Awards appear to be shaping up to be an entertaining show. As reported by Deadline, the show will be hosted by Randy and Jason Sklar, who are comedians that currently host the Dumb People Town Podcast. Bravo’s Top Chef currently leads the pack of nominations with five, while Netflix napped the most nominations leading every network and streaming service. The Critics Choice Real TV Awards will film at the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles, California on June 12. Current presenters scheduled include Alan Tudyk, Amir Mathis, Carrie Ann Inaba, Chris Hardwick, Chrishell Stause, Chelsea Lazkani, Christine Chiu, Dashaun Wesley, Derek Hough, Garcelle Beauvais, Judge Greg Mathis, Kandi Burruss, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Kreider, Linda Reese Mathis, Michelle Visage, Padma Lakshmi, Rob Riggle, Tracy Tutor, and Hollywood Medium Tyler Henry.