After Ellen Heard About Kobe Bryant’s Death, The Host Taped A Tearful Tribute To Her Friend

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In the aftermath of Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing, many celebrities, fans and organizations have paid touching tributes to him and his family. Among these was a statement from Ellen DeGeneres – who had been marking her birthday as news of the NBA legend’s demise broke. But when the TV host began her speech, she simply couldn’t hold back her tears.