Late Night TV Hosts Pay Emotional Respects To Kobe Bryant

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As the world still tries to process the sudden and tragic death of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, tribute form all corners of the globe continue to pour out.

Last night, as late-night TV resumed its normal weekday schedule, the hosts of the various programs — specifically, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and James Corden (Colbert was off-the-air last night) — paid their respects to the gone-too-soon basketball star.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Los Angeles-based Kimmel, who had an obvious friendship with Bryant, opted to forgo a traditional show and instead opened Monday’s episode with a eulogy about Kobe Bryant before re-airing old interviews with him and his teammates.

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

As for Jimmy Fallon, while he moved forward with a traditional episode, the longtime The Tonight Show host became overcome with emotions as he eulogized about the late Lakers icon and told an awesome story about the two of them making a beer run for a party during the beginning of their careers.

The Late Late Show

James Corden, who is based in Los Angeles as the host of The Late, Late Show, also paid tribute to the fallen basketball icon by pointing out that despite the fact that he grew up in a basketball-less Britain, Kobe Bryant was still a massive star.


Bryant, just 41-years-old, passed away in a California helicopter crash with his 13-year-old Gianna Marie and seven other victims on Sunday, January 26.

Drafted with the 13th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the year 1996, Bryant spent all 20 of his NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA titles during that time. He retired in the year 2016 and heroically scored 60 points in his final game.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire BroBible team out go out to the friends, family, and loved ones of the Bryant family during this extremely difficult time. May Kobe, Gianna, and all of the victims of the crash rest in peace.


Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him

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