As you may know, Jimmy Kimmel was the one to host Kobe Bryant’s memorial that took place at the Staples Center and was even televised so that his millions of fans could somewhat pay their respects as well. Furthermore, the late-night show host was a friend of the NBA legend, and so the gathering was definitely very hard for him as well.
In fact, he could not help but shed some tears as well and now he’s opening up about what the saddest part of the whole memorial was in his opinion.
While on Watch What Happens Live, Jimmy shared with the host, Andy Cohen, that he was really nervous to host the sad event since he was not aware at first that the whole thing would be broadcasted on TV.
‘I thought it was a somewhat intimate family and fans thing,’ he mentioned.
Speaking of, he also shared the saddest part as far as he is concerned and that was seeing the family Kobe and daughter Giana left behind, sitting in the first row as he hosted the event.
As you know, the basketball legend and his second-born daughter are survived by Kobe’s parents, Joe and Pam, his wife Vanessa, and their other three daughters.
‘That’s a killer, you know, to look out at those kids and Vanessa and you know, Kobe’s parents, and just realize that as sad as this is for all of us, this is a million times worse for them,’ Jimmy explained.
During the event, the host definitely got really emotional during his opening remarks, saying in part: ‘This is a sad day but it’s also a celebration of life, of their lives and life itself in the building where those of us who are Lakers and Kobe fans celebrated some of the best times of our lives. I do not think any of us could’ve imagined this. Everywhere that you go, you see his face, his number, Gigi’s face, her number, everywhere at every intersection.’