You can add late night hosts to the list of those who admired Kobe Bryant.
Several moderators held monologues in memory of Bryant, who tragically died on Sunday morning with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash.
An emotional Jimmy Fallon remembered meeting Bryant at a party when the NBA star was a 17-year-old rookie with the Lakers. Fallon recounted the story of how he made a beer in Pink Dot, a grocery store in Los Angeles, with Bryant. After learning that the store was only delivering, Fallon described how Bryant used his status as an NBA player to buy beer.
"Kobe takes out his ID and puts it against the glass and says:" I'm a lackey! "Fallon recalled with a laugh." The guy opened the door and we went out with five boxes of beer and saved the party. "
Conan O & # 39; Brien, who makes his late night show "Conan" in Burbank, California, called Bryant a "hero". The 56-year-old comedian subsequently praised Bryant's sense of humor before showing an montage of the NBA legend's appearances on the show.
"He was of course very funny and charming, he really was," said O'Brien. “A great guest. A superstar doesn't have to be a great guest, but he was easy. Whenever he was on our show it was a pleasure to talk to him.
"This is the guy I've been thinking about in the past 24 hours."
Jimmy Kimmel also shared memories of the future Hall of Famer and found that he had appeared as a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” 15 times.
Out of respect for Bryant, Kimmel said that no studio audience was present on Monday, according to the deadline.
"It was a blow to the stomach for many of us," said Kimmel about the tragedy. "Kobe was a hero like Superman is a hero. He was so … tall and full of life, it was almost like being a fictional character. "
Monday's late night monologues are just the latest in a series of homages to the life and career of the 18-year-old all-star.
"Kobe, if we see each other again, we'll have a beer run," said Fallon.