Kelly Rizzo on Bob Saget’s Daughters’ Latest ‘Vote of Confidence’ That Late Comic Would Be ‘Proud’ (Exclusive)

Before Kelly Rizzo joined Special forces: the toughest test in the world, she sought the advice of Bob Saget’s daughter.

Rizzo, 44, says she has remained close to her late husband’s daughters — Aubrey, 36, Lara, 33, and Jennifer, 30 — since Full house The star died of a head injury at the age of 65 in January 2022.

They text or talk every day, so Rizzo knew she had to ask their opinion, too, before agreeing to join the Fox series.

“I say, ‘Do you agree that I’m doing well?'” she told PEOPLE at a press conference in Los Angeles for Special forces Tuesday. “And they said, ‘Yeah, it looks great.’ And I said, ‘You think your dad would approve of me doing this? Don’t you?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, we think you’d be proud. You’d think you’re crazy, but we think you’d be proud.'”

“So getting the confidence from them really helped me make my decision,” she added.

From left: Aubrey Saget, Bob Saget, Kelly Rizzo and Lara Saget. Leon Bennett/WireImage ‘Special Forces’ Trailer: Tom Sandoval Seeks ‘Beating’ After Cheating, Bode Miller Mourns Lost Daughter

Rizzo and Saget met in 2015 and married in 2018. After the actor’s sudden death, Rizzo understandably went through a period of mourning for her husband.

Although she decided to sell the Los Angeles home they shared more than a year after Saget’s death, Rizzo has kept his legacy alive — recently getting a tattoo of a martini glass to honor Saget’s love of the popular cocktail.

She also commemorated his life on social media and paid Saget a moving tribute on stage at The Comedy Store in January 2022.

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Bob Saget and Kelly Rizzo. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

By the time Fox’s second season began production Special forces: the toughest test in the world, Rizzo said she felt “in a really good place.”

“I feel like maybe I wouldn’t have done it if I was still in a very bad position, but I mean, I was in a good place from pretty early on, because I was just filled with so much gratitude,” Rizzo said, adding that the Sagets daughters were vital to the healing process. “There’s no way I’d be this good if it weren’t for them. And vice versa, I think, too.”

Bob Saget (C) with daughters Aubrey Saget and Lara Saget attend the Scleroderma Research Foundation's Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine New York 2018 at Caroline's on Broadway on December 11, 2018 in New York City.

Bob Saget (center) with his two daughters, Aubrey Saget and Lara Saget, at the Scleroderma Research Foundation’s Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine event in December 2018. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Savannah Chrisley and Tom Sandoval are among the stars joining the 2. season “Special forces: the toughest test in the world”

Rizzo joins a cast that also includes Bode Miller, Brian Austin Green, Jack Osbourne, JoJo Siwa, Savannah Chrisley, Tara Reid, Tom Sandoval and Tyler Cameron.

The challenges they face are some of the toughest in the playbook of the actual Special Forces selection process. “Like, hey, carry this boulder around for an hour,” Rizzo hinted.

The only way you can leave the show is if you get injured or get fired by the production team.

While the first season was filmed in and around the dangerous Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, the upcoming season was filmed in the icy mountains of New Zealand.

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As difficult as the experience was, Rizzo called it a “once in a lifetime” experience that made her realize “that you are stronger than you ever thought you could be.” “When you get an opportunity that you know is once in a lifetime, and you get to train and work with some of the most incredible elite forces in the world, you just can’t pass it up,” she said.

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Special forces: the toughest test in the world season 2 premieres Monday, September 25 at 9:00 PM ET on Fox.

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