Squiggly Monster says we missed out on having John Stamos on The Masked Singer this season
The specter of the election loomed large during EW's post-show interview with this week's eliminated Masked Singer contestant.
True to his comedian roots, though, Squiggly Monster — who was revealed to be none other than Full House star, television host, and author Bob Saget — lightened the mood by making jokes. So take a break from the doomscrolling and obsessive news checking, and let Saget take the load off — see what he had to say about his costume, why he wanted to stay on the show a bit longer, which of his Full House castmates knew it was him, and more.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you doing?
BOB SAGET: I don't accept Squiggly being rejected. I want the Zoom audience of Masked Singer to revote because this is unfair. It's a fraud. [Laughs.] Actually, I wish our democratic system had been as amazing as the dignity that Masked Singer has, how strong and careful they are about everything.
I wish the world was more like The Masked Singer, in general!
I know, I know. It's a difficult time. That's why I think it's great that the show's on tonight. And I'm on I Can See Your Voice as well, which is fun. Ken [Jeong, TMS panelist and host of I Can See Your Voice] kept asking me before I even did I Can See Your Voice, we were texting and he said, "I'm so excited you're doing I Can See Your Voice. You've got to come on as a guest judge on The Masked Singer." And I'm in the middle of getting fitted for Squiggly. [I told him] "Oh, I'd love to Ken, but I'm really busy." [Laughs.]
How was the experience for you?
It was a really fun experience to do it. I didn't want to get my head taken off that early though. And they yell, "Take it off," which, you know, I'm not a stripper. I got about five minutes of material out of it. But I know things I would have done differently. On the song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," I did a move that was unplanned because of some differences in choreography, and it's live to tape, so you can't go back and say stop. And I jumped and the head kind of moved and the foam core — it's like a 30- or 40-pound head — was under my chin. It's hard to sing when you're constrained in a diving helmet. So I was ready to sing another song the week after, which would have been "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash. And that was a bummer that I didn't get to do that. But I also love the whole show. It's all hilarious to me.
On the show you said that the Squiggly Monster costume was an instant yes for you. What about it appealed to you?
Yeah, they showed a couple other different renderings to me, and there was just no question, because I looked at it and I laughed out loud. That's usually the key. It's a joyous-looking thing. It's something that a kid would want to pick up, with all the eyes that look like those little three-eyed guys in Toy Story. It just had a feeling of a childish, loving kind of thing. It's multicolor, so you feel like, "Oh, this is all beings on the earth." And he's got lobster claws. I mean, he's such a hybrid of different creatures. The only thing I wanted [to change] was I wanted the eyes to twirl. I wanted all the little pupils to be able to move around. And they said, "No, we can't do that, because they're made this way." And then I also wanted two of the eyes to be over my chest and they said, "Bob, just let us make the costume."
I can't imagine why they would say no to that.
[Laughs.] I know, why would they say that? I mean, it's a family show. Why would they not allow me to have eyes for breasts? I just don't get it.
You were technically on the show last season in one of Taco's clue packages. At what point did you know you were doing the show yourself and did Taco a.k.a. Tom Bergeron have any words of wisdom for you?
Well, when my pal Tom Bergeron was on the show, they wanted someone to be his pal and talk about him, and I said, "Of course!" And then people on Twitter were saying I'm the Taco, and my retort was in capitals, "I'M NOT THE TACO!" And then it turned into this whole thing of [people saying] with the Cholula Hot Sauce, I look like the lady on it, and that's what you put on a taco. And then they started tweeting me — it became a whole ordeal, but that was just silly. It's all funny, silly.
I didn't think I'd be doing The Masked Singer at all. I'd been on the road and I'd been doing a TV show. I was finishing something else. And they kept asking me to do it which was very flattering. I've known Craig Plestis, the executive producer, for a very long time. And then, with quarantine, after March, I performed one time in the valley as a stand-up and then I performed one time in Ohio at a comedy camp and I just left it beyond. And a lot of performers I know — stand-ups and singers — all feel the same way, they just have to find a way to [perform]. And I'm doing it through my podcast in different ways. I'm actually going to do a drive-in December 12 in Irvine, just because I can't take it anymore. I have to perform in a safe way. And so when this came up and they asked me if I wanted to do this I went, "Yes." Literally, there was not a beat.
Were you surprised to go home so soon?
I still wanted to come back. I was kind of surprised that I got booted, but then you immediately make an adjustment about it. I was thinking that maybe there was a Zoom malfunction with the voting on it. Maybe the mail-in votes were not tabulated correctly. [Laughs.] It wasn't a competition, that's the funny part about it. And also, I got to do a very nice closure with all the hosts and everything with all the judges, because I just love Ken, and Robin [Thicke]. Wayne Brady was there, which was nice. I've known Wayne a long time. It was just a nice feeling. And Nick is standing right next to me, and everybody else is only hearing the [edited] voice, but he's hearing my actual voice. And then I kind of saw him staring into my grill, which is basically all I could see out of, is the grill. So I kind of had a feeling that he knew, because I've known him for years. So, it felt good to be there. I was looking forward to going, "It's me! It's Bob!"
Were you surprised that they all knew it was you, then?
Well, not really, because you run out of people. Last week when they guessed Dr. Fauci I'm like, guys, I'm not on a stepstool, you know? Brad Garrett was a good guess. But then my voice is a little recognizable from all the music stuff I've done in my specials and stuff, and the clues kind of gave it away for some of the people. I didn't even get some of the clues, like the chocolate chip cookies. I guess that's from Full House?
Yeah, what was that about?
Yeah, I wasn't sure what that meant. I still don't know, but I think it has to do with Full House. Candace [Cameron Bure]'s mom used to make great chocolate chip cookies, and I know we had them on the show a lot. And the penguin was for a movie I made called Farce of the Penguins that I directed and wrote. They did stand-up clues that made sense. But otherwise, you know, by the second show, I even heard in my ear Robin saying, "Saget!" So I kind of turned my giant dome of a head over and I realized he was just talking to the other judges. He wasn't talking to me. I foolishly moved my head, but it's not like you're blowing your cover, because they could know it's you and still bring you back the next week. It's the audience that votes, and that's what a democracy is. I accepted the results. I did not yell out, "I do not accept these results! And I don't want to hear from any more of the audience voting."
Well, thank you for that, Bob. Did you have any friends or family asking you if you were the Squiggly Monster?
There's one I have a video of, and it's [his Full House costar] Candace Cameron Bure, and she goes, "Oh my God. That's you on The Masked Singer, isn't it?" That was last week, and this is a video she sent me of her screaming, "That's you! I know you! I know how you dance. I know how you sing. That's you! Oh my god, I can't believe you're on The Masked Singer. Oh my God!" [Laughs.] And I wrote back, "No, and I don't know what you're talking about, Candace. Love you." We signed a legal document. So my wife knew, one of my daughters in New York knew, and she didn't tell her sister, she kept it quiet. And then John Stamos knew because he was gonna be a clue in the week after, had I continued. He was gonna be one of those people like I was for Tom Bergeron, saying, "Oh, my friend Bob talks too much."
I'm sad we missed out on that opportunity, then! Any chance you'll share the video Candace sent you?
I don't know. She said I could. I mean, I've got a lot of pictures. There's one picture of me that I know I'm gonna post tomorrow which is just me sitting there with my head off, looking like I've just been through a war. There's something comical about the whole damn thing, because the car picks you up in the morning and it says Squiggly on it. They can't use my name anywhere. "SM, over this way." I don't listen to that. I don't move. "Squiggly!" Oh, okay. That's me. And I kept saying okay, who's Jellyfish? I don't know. I was trying to hear them warm up, because we all warmed up. They really work with you. So I heard almost nothing. I knew nothing. And then I see them all in a lineup and I'm going, "What am I, in the Disneyland Electrical Parade? What is this? I'm in a salad bowl. This is bizarre." But I truly loved it. I'm kind of achy because it was hard. The head was the whole thing. The rest of the body is a cakewalk. That's why when the head came off at the end, you're totally free and you don't go flat, you don't have any problems. You don't have the endurance of that chrome dome. It was really funny, and I'm glad people will have a good laugh at it. We need distractions right now as much as we can.
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