Bruce Ham of Raleigh has written extensively about what it’s been like raising his three daughters, Bailey, Lucy and Annie, after losing his wife, Lisa Permar Ham, to cancer in 2010. At the time, his daughters were 12, 9 and 7. Ham’s brother-in-law, Hayes Permar, even moved in for a couple of years to help with the girls.
Ham’s chronicles of his adventures in single dad-dom in his blog, “The Real Full House,” and also in his book, “Laughter, Tears and Braids,” got the attention of “The Rachael Ray Show” (Ham also blogs for TriangleMom2Mom.com). The syndicated program reached out in March and invited the family to come to New York and talk about their real-life similarities to the 1987-1995 TV series, “Full House.” (In “Full House,” a widowed father’s best friend and his brother-in-law move in to help him raise his three young daughters.)
The episode featuring the Ham family will air at 10 a.m. Wednesday on WTVD.
For the show, Ham and his daughters appear in a taped segment and then join Rachael Ray in the studio, where she asks them if they’ve watched the new Netflix spin-off series, “Fuller House,” which has been renewed for a second season. Candace Cameron Bure, who plays DJ Tanner in “Full House” and “Fuller House,” surprised them on the set.
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“They were really excited when she came out,” Ham said. “They were surprised and you can tell by their faces that they were stoked about it. And then after they escorted us off, we got to stand in the back and talk to her a little, and she was so gracious and so sweet. She invited us to come out to LA and see them tape the show one day. The girls were beside themselves, so excited.”
Ham said the family enjoyed the taste of star treatment they received from the show – a car waiting at the airport and their own dressing room with their name on it. Even better than that? “The girls got to go to hair and make-up, which was very cool for them. There wasn’t much they could do for me! Those were some of the highlights I didn’t expect . . . and Rachael Ray’s staff were really, really sweet and attentive, so that was neat.”
Another big treat for the family – catching the hottest play on Broadway, “Hamilton.” Ham, who describes himself as “cheap,” said they watched seats.com and when tickets opened up, the girls encouraged him to splurge. Before his wife died, Ham said she left four rules for the girls and one of them was that they should gang up on him when there’s something they know she would do that he normally would not do.
“And I was thinking, ‘Mom would do this, wouldn’t she?’ I know my wife have sprung for those,” Ham said. “It was fantastic.”