The hosts of “The Real” pay tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
On Sunday, TMZ reported that a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, claimed the lives of nine victims, including the 41-year-old NBA legend and his 13-year-old daughter. Per the publication, the rotorcraft was headed to Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball practice.
On Monday’s live episode, Loni Love, Adrienne Houghton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Amanda Seales and Jeannie Mai opened the show by remembering the famed Los Angeles Laker.
“I thought today would be a day for us to celebrate Kobe,” Love exclaimed, noting the basketball great was the recipient of two Olympic gold medals and an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
Love continued, “He was a father and a husband and a son. We want to give our condolences to his family, to [Kobe’s wife and Gianna’s mother] Vanessa, to his daughters, to his mother Pam Bryant, and his father Joe Bryant, and his two sisters. You are in our thoughts and prayers right now. May God hold you and guide you.”
For Houghton, tragic events like these remind us to be appreciative of life’s blessings, and to not take anything — or anyone — for granted.
“I think when things like this happen, it really puts into perspective so many things that we should be grateful for in our lives every single day,” Adrienne remarked. “So many people on Instagram [shared] that one quote… that said that we take for granted just leaving our homes safely every day, and I think that really puts into perspective what matters in life. Him even being with his daughter was like, family matters. For me, that’s what matters.”
Houghton also sympathized with the pain Vanessa Bryant is enduring.
“If I’m feeling this sadness, I can’t begin to imagine what she’s going through. I can’t even fathom what their pain feels like,” she added.
Mai highlighted what Bryant meant to Los Angeles, and how his passing greatly affected the city and its people.
“Kobe Bryant is literally Los Angeles,” Jeannie exclaimed. “Everywhere you felt the mourning, you felt the city, the world, we lost a great.”
She continued, “It makes me reflect on my family, and my loved ones, and how rushed I always am, and how fleeting everything feels, and if anything, I’m just holding onto God to just remind myself every day to just be as present as possible, and to know that life is way too short.”
To add, Tamera discussed the importance of forgiveness and letting go of negativity.
“And to make sure you tell your loved ones that you love them, you know,” the “Sister, Sister” alum said. “When these things happen, there are family members that maybe have grudges, they hold bitterness in their hearts, and when these things happen, it changes your perspective.”
The other victims have been identified as Gianna’s basketball teammate Alyssa Altobelli; Alyssa’s father and Orange Coast College baseball coach, John Altobelli; Alyssa’s mother, Keri Altobelli; Harbor Day School basketball coach Christina Mauser; middle school student Payton Chester; Payton’s mother, Sarah Chester; and pilot Ara Zobayan.