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Drew Carey shares memories of being “mentored” by Bob Saget during his early days in comedy (Exclusive)

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Drew Carey looks back on his friendship with Bob Saget. Following the Full house Following the star’s untimely death on Sunday, Carey spoke to ET about the impact Saget has had on his life and career.

Talking to ET’s Matt Cohen on the set of his acclaimed game show, the price is correct, Carey admitted Saget’s death “really shook me up.”

“I was friends with Norm [Macdonald] and Bob Saget too. I really don’t like being at an age where people I know and know personally are dying,” shared Carey, 63. “Bob was honestly the nicest guy.”

“I met him when I was starting out, a few times at a local comedy club in Cleveland,” Carey recalled. “Once he invited me to a recording session Full house when I was out here in LA and that’s one of the reasons I missed my first one Tonight show [performance]. This invitation to watch the recording has influenced a large part of my career in a strange way. He was very supportive and mentoring and gave me advice and was always so kind and nice to me.”

Carey recalled watching Saget stand up before he was even a working comedian, and it was an amazing experience.

“I would just go there as a customer and see him when he was there and he would pack up the place because he had such a good reputation,” Carey recalled. “Once he was there, everyone wanted to come back and see him again. And I’ve seen him do two hour shows, two and a half hour shows. I once saw him do five curtain calls, five standing ovations… He was so funny.”

Saget died unexpectedly Sunday in a hotel room in Orlando, Fla., just hours after finishing a stand-up show outside of Jacksonville the night before. He was 65.

According to an incident report released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Saget was found by hotel security at the Ritz-Carlton after his wife asked if someone could check on him. According to the report, Rizzo was called by hotel staff after they entered the room and found Saget on the bed with his hand on his chest.

Following the news of his death, there was a flood of tributes and sadness from many of Saget’s close friends, fans, and former co-stars.

“I love hanging out with him, I loved seeing him. Anyone who knows this guy, who knew him, they became like instant friends,” Carey shared. “You felt like his best friend when you finished talking, he’s just so friendly. And I’m telling you, he was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met in my life. So funny.”

While still recovering from the shock of Saget’s death, Carey is also working on hosting a special episode of The price is correct this is a celebration of the country’s first responders. On Wednesday nights, Carey hosts a primetime The price is right with an audience made up entirely of first responders and frontline workers in lifesaving jobs.

“What I love about the show is that we do special shows to honor people who should be honored just so they won’t be forgotten,” Carey shared. “If you don’t see these people every day, it’s easy to forget they exist or what the job is. I think it’s like there’s always someone who can amplify the good work that people are doing, it’s a good thing and I’m really happy to be a part of it here The price is correct.”

The price is right at night The primetime special honoring first responders will air Wednesday, January 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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