Bob Saget is best known for playing Danny Tanner on the sitcom Full House. However, he also spent years on HIMYM as the narrator and voice of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) from the future.
Because Saget never had to act in front of the camera on HIMYM, Hannigan once called his job the “easiest” on the whole show.
“He has the easiest job in television,” she told Huffpost Live in 2013. “He just comes in, like, once a month and just sort of records everything. I think we’ve seen him, maybe, three times in eight years.”
“People always go, ‘Oh, you just did that at home, right?’ But no—I had six-hour sessions for the first year or two,” he shared on his podcast Bob Saget’s Here For You in 2020. “I would go in, and I had to know what [Ted was] thinking… I didn’t take it lightly. It wasn’t a ‘phone-in, pay me’ job.”
Alyson Hannigan and Bob Saget go way back
However, Hannigan didn’t need to meet Saget everyday on set to develop a bond with him. She and Saget actually knew each other when Hannigan was a teenager.
“I babysat for Bob’s kids when I was a teenager. From when I was like, 15 to 17, I was his babysitter,” she told Parade in 2013. “Isn’t that funny? And now, I mean, his kids are old enough that they could babysit my kids. I don’t see him much anymore.”
Saget has three daughters with his ex-wife, Sherri Kramer. His kids are now in their 20s and 30s. Meanwhile, Hannigan has two daughters with her husband, Alexis Denisof. Her kids were born in 2009 and 2012, respectively.
How did Bob Saget come to be on ‘HIMYM’?
Many viewers have wondered why the voice of future Ted could not have simply been done by Radnor himself.
In his podcast, Saget sat down with Radnor to talk about this situation. According to Radnor, he had always wanted to do the narration because it simply “make more sense,” but the people behind HIMYM simply felt that Radnor’s voice did not sound “old enough” to be future Ted.
As such, Saget was contacted because his voice felt like it was a better fit. Saget said, “It was hard to wrap my hands around that. Then I said, ‘Okay, this is my rationalization: He smoked a lot and drank a lot.’ So your voice just changed. My voice is lower than what it was, but that’s what happens with age.”