We finally know! John Stamos has revealed the origin of “Have mercy!”
This was the catchphrase from Full House, which is popular to this day.
During the taping for the TV Land Icon Awards, he explained that Garry Marshall, director and producer, came up with the line as Uncle Jesse’s signature.
“He always said, ‘Get a catchphrase, you need a catchphrase,’ ” said Stamos, 52. “I’m not kidding you. The ‘have mercy’ thing came out of, ‘Oh s—, Garry told me I had to have a catchphrase.”
And he did come up with a catchphrase! “How rude!” “Cut! It! Out!” and “You got it, dude,” to name a few.
81-year-old Marshall presented Stamos with the Icon Award. He also shared some background about the catchphrases and their conception.