Jon Batiste & Stephen Colbert Reflect On The Loss Of Kobe Bryant


AND WE HAVEN’T HAD A CHANCE TO
TALK ABOUT KOBE BRYANT YET.>>Jon: OH, YEAH.>>Stephen: I KNOW YESTERDAY
YOU WERE COMING BACK FROM LOS ANGELES, AND WE DIDN’T HAVE
A SHOW. YOU WERE AT THE GRAMMYS WHERE–
IT WAS AT THE STAPLE CENTER, RIGHT.>>Jon: ABSOLUTELY.>>Stephen: WHICH IS WHERE THE
LAKERS PLAYED, AND OF THE MOURNERS SHOWED UP. WHAT THE EXPERIENCE LIKE? TELL ME ABOUT WHAT YOU FELT
THERE IN THE ROOM?>>Jon: WELL, THAT MORNING I
WAS IN CALABASAS, AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT. AND I WAS… YOU KNOW, IT
REMINDS YOU OF HOW… MUCH OF THIS LIFE IS JUST A VAPOR. WE’RE HERE, AND EVEN THE MIGHTY
AMONG US, THOSE WHO SEEM LIKE THEY’LL LIVE FOREVER, THE MORTAL
ONES CAN BE GONE, JUST LIKE THAT. AND, YOU KNOW, WITH ALL THE
GREATNESS THAT HE LEFT IN THE WORLD, IT SEEMED LIKE HE HAD SO
MUCH MORE TO GO, AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE ON THE PLANE–
ON THE HELICOPTER, AND HIS DAUGHTER, WHO HAS SO MUCH
PROMISE SIT JUST KIND OF ALL HIT US AT ONE TIME. AND IT WAS KIND OF HARD TO
CELEBRATE AT THE GRAMMYS, TO BE HONEST. EVERYBODY WAS IN A VERY
MOURNFUL, REFLECTIVE MOOD, EVEN AMONGST THE GREAT CELEBRATION. IT JUST FELT… IT FELT AS IF WE
LOST SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT AND HAD BEEN REMINDED,
COLLECTIVELY, OF SOMETHING, ALSO VERY IMPORTANT, THAT WE ALL HAVE
TO FACE.>>Stephen: DID YOU EVER GET A
CHANCE TO MEET HIM?>>Jon: I DID. WHEN I WAS– I WAS A YOUNG BALL
AT ONE TIME, AND I GOT THE HONOR OF PLAYING AT THE N.B.A. ALL-STAR GAME IN 2008. AND I WAS ON HALF-COURT
EXPIRVETION GETTING READY TO PLAY THE PIANO AND SOUND CHECK,
AND KOBE– ALL THE PLAYERS WALK ON, BUT KOBE WAS, I MEAN, ’08,
THIS IS PRIME, PRIME KOBE. AND I REMEMBER JUST LOOKING AT
HIM– HE WAS A GIANT TO ME. I HAD NEVER SEEN HIM IN PERSON. HE WAS SO TALL. AND HE CAME OVER TO ME AND HE
WAS SO WARM TO ME AND EVERYBODY THAT WAS PERFORMING. AND IT FELT LIKE HE WAS JUST AS
GREAT A PERSON, AS PERSONABLE AS HE WAS GREAT ON THE BASKETBALL
COURT. SO I REMEMBER THAT MOMENT
VIVIDLY. AND, OF COURSE, FOLLOWED HIM
SINCE THEN, AND FOLLOWED HIM AS HE CONTINUED TO BREAK RECORDS
AND WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>Stephen: WELL, I NEVER GOT
A CHANCE TO MEET HIM. BUT I– I DO FEEL A STRANGE
CONNECTION IN THIS MOMENT, ONE THEY WOULDN’T WISH ON ANYBODY,
BUT I FEEL A STRANGE CONNECTION TO HIS FAMILY, AND HIS FRIENDS,
AND THOSE WHO LOVED HIM, AND THOSE WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS
PARTICULAR TRAGEDY, INCLUDING NOT ONLY THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS
OF KOBE BRYANT AND GIANA. JOHN ALTOBELLI, LISA, SARA
PESTER, PEYTON CHESTER, AND ARA ZOBAYAN. BECAUSE I… LOST MY FATHER AND
TWO OF MY BROTHERS WHEN I WAS A BOY TO A PLANE CRASH THAT WAS
ALSO IN HEAVY FOG. AND ONE OF THE TERRIBLE THINGS
ABOUT THAT SHOCK AND THE– THE HEARTBREAKING UNREALITY,
NIGHTMARE QUALITY OF SOMEONE HUGE IN YOUR LIFE WHO JUST
DISAPPEARS, THE CENTER OF YOUR LOVE DISAPPEARING IN THAT
MOMENT, IS NOT KNOWING WHAT HAPPENED. NOW, THE STRANGE THING ABOUT
HELICOPTER FLIGHT THAT I LEARNED FROM A WOMAN NAMED “CHOPPY”
PATTERSON. THIS IS CHOPPY. SHE WAS OUR PILOT DOWN IN NEW
ZEALAND. AND AFTER WE FLEW WITH EACH
OTHER FOR TWO DAYS, CHOPPY ASKED TO TALK TO ME AFTER MY LAST
FLIGHT. AND SHE– SHE GAVE ME SOMETHING
ON THE FLIGHT, AND SHE GAVE ME THIS, IT’S A PUNAMA JADE
WHISTLE. AND I WASN’T SURE WHY SHE GAVE
ME THIS WHISTLE WHICH I LOVE AND I THINK OF HER WHEN I HAVE IT. BUT SHE GAVE IT TO ME BECAUSE WE
HAD A CONNECTION. LIKE ME, SHE LOST HER FATHER IN
A PLANE CRASH WHEN SHE WAS 10 YEARS OLD. AND SHE LOST HER SON NAY
HELICOPTER CRASH. AND SHE WANTED ME TO KNOW,
UNLIKE A PLANE, HELICOPTERS DON’T HAVE BLACK BOXES. AND WHEN A HELICOPTER GOES DOWN,
WE DON’T NECESSARILY KNOW WHY IT DID. IT HAS TO BE INVESTIGATE ONLY AT
THE CRASH SITE. NOW, IN THE CRASH THAT KILLED MY
FATHER AND MY BROTHERS, WHICH WAS FLIGHT 212, EASTERN
AIRLINES, SEPTEMBER 11, 1974, WE HAD A FLIGHT RECORDER. AND BECAUSE INVESTIGATORS KNEW
WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT COCKPIT, NEW RULES WERE CREATED TO SAVE
OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES. IT’S CALLED THE “STERILE COCKPIT
RULE,” SO FLIGHT SAFETY COULD BE IMPROVED. AND I THINK IT’S CRAZY THAT
HELICOPTERS DON’T HAVE BLACK BOX RECORDERS, BECAUSE AS CHOPPER
EXPLAINED TO ME, WHEN A HELICOPTER GOES DOWN, WE DON’T
KNOW HOW TO IMPROVE THE HELICOPTER. WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO IMPROVE THE
FLYING OF THE PILOT SO THIS WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN IN THE
FUTURE. AND I HOPE THAT… WELL, NOTHING
WILL POSSIBLY IMPROVE THIS TRAGEDY, WHILE NOTHING WILL TAKE
AWAY THIS HEARTACHE AND THIS PAIN FROM THIS FAMILY THAT WILL
BE LIVING WITH IT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, AND ALL THESE
PEOPLE’S FAMILIES WHO WILL BE LIVING WITH A HEARTBREAK AND IN
THE NEED OF LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, FOR A
PAIN THAT WILL NEVER GO AWAY, THAT PERHAPS SOMEONE COULD TAKE
ACTION TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE SOME WAYS TO RECORD WHAT IS
HAPPENING IN THESE HELICOPTERS, SO THAT IT DOESN’T HAPPEN AS
OFTEN. CHOPPY HAS ONE. SHE HAS A NONPROFIT THAT CREATED
ONE CALLED “EYE IN THE SKY. THAT. MIGHT BE A GOOD ANSWER. THERE MIGHT BE ANOTHER ONE OUT
THERE. BUT TO DO NOTHING AFTER
HELICOPTERS GO DOWN LIKE THIS, AND WE LOSE GREATS LIKE THIS, OR
WE LOSE ANY PERSON WHOSE FAMILY IS NOW IN AGONY AND IN IGNORANCE
OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR LOVED ONE, I THINK IS UNCONSCIONABLE. SO I HOPE THE N.T.S.B. WILL DO
SOMETHING TO IMPROVE THE CONDITIONS FOR HELICOPTER PILOTS
AND THE INFORMATION THEY CAN GET IF A TRAGEDY LIKE THIS HAPPENS. BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE ARE NOW IN
MISERY. WHY CONFOUND THEIR MISERY ABOUT
MYSTERY OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR LOVED ONES. IT’S BETTER TO KNOW THAN TO NOT
TO KNOW BECAUSE IF WE KNOW, WE COULD POSSIBLY STOP THIS FROM
HAPPENING TO SOMEONE ELSE IN THE FUTURE. AND PERSONALLY, I WANT TO SEND
MY LOVE AND MY PRAYERS TO KOBE’S FAMILY AND TO ALL THESE
FAMILIES, AND KNOW THAT THERE IS SOMETHING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF
THIS GRIEF. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.

100 thoughts on “Jon Batiste & Stephen Colbert Reflect On The Loss Of Kobe Bryant

  1. Wait ,hold up ,hiis Dad and brother died on September 11th
    There's something very weird and strange or wicked going on ,on the particular day of September 11th

  2. Wow, one of the few people in Hollywood that actually mentions that other people died in the helicopter crash too. All others Hollywood elites just talk about Kobe this, Kobe that and tributes to him and ignoring the fact there were other lives too. Kudos to Colbert for not forgetting everyone.

  3. Everytime there is a crash of an aircraft and the NTSB investigates, they provide a final report to the FAA with recommendations to improve the aircraft but the FAA does not take them into account and do not require the life saving devices for such vehicles. What's sad is Kobe's helicopter didn't have any safety devices that the NTSB has recommended for his model but since the FAA doesn't require it, owners don't have it all the time.

  4. News yesterday said, no proximity warning software, but I think it's hardware too. Helicopters should have some sort of onboard radar and database to know the geography so they know the best approach, and GPS guidance too. This helicopter and a few other didn't have proxy software, but most do, it's not enforced by the FAA

  5. Just in case Stephen happens to read these comments: thank you so much for your willingness to share your humanity.

  6. Colbert is true class. True class. I now understand why he was amazed by that answer from Keanu Reeves when he asked him what did he think happens when your loved ones die…Keanu replied… "The ones who love us would miss us."

  7. This was powerful to me. I want to know what happened. Why did the helicopter drop at such high speed if it was intact as they determined. Was there some malfunction?

  8. the point yet again. I meant he went all out in listing the names of all the victims, not the length of the episode. Please read my entire comment before you attack me.

  9. A wonderful discussion on the pain, grief, and tragedy that this crash left with those family members, and close friends to the victims in the crash, and with a wise addition of a plea for advancement on the information tech for helicopters to ascertain the problems that can arise to endanger the precious passengers.

    This was beautiful Stephen, thank you, while I have not lost family/friends in this manner, this was still clearly heartfelt, and meaningful, and wise, considering others who are just as well meaning, may not consider this aspect of this tragedy to mention and speak on, but it is certainly welcome, and I dearly hope people, including the engineers and companies that produce such helicopters, hear loud and clear.

    My prayers for peace, comfort, and solace go to those in pain from the loss of the people in this tragedy, I hope they can find healing and strength in each other and any others willing to help them in this time of grieving.

  10. "Why compound their misery with mystery?"…. Ouufff!!!! That was a very sensitive and needed commentary #StephenColbert. Naming ALL the names of all the victims is the best gesture as ALL these 4 or 5 families are grieving… And the technical questions are important ones to raise… Merci #Colbert. Good Deed. May all the deceased rise in a better place we call Heaven…

  11. NTSB, call those black boxes in Helicopters “Black Mamba Boxes”. We owe it to the families affected in these types of crashes to give them some type of closure.

  12. ANTI-FRAGILE    6:23 "So I hope the NTSB will do something…"  At the risk of trying to offer a correction to Stephen's poignant, loving, and beautiful remarks… as I understand it, the NTSB makes recommendations for safety improvements but the FAA is the giant bureaucracy that makes the cost-benefit analysis of what is (eventually) implemented … Presumably the "cost" of the loss of Kobe Bryant will eventually animate some improvements in safety.  Airplanes are said to be "anti-fragile" exactly because each "accident" is studied, learned from, and ultimately serves to improve safety.   Life is short and ultimately fatal… nobody gets out alive.  We can't afford to eliminate all risk, but can try to make more sane trade-offs between function and safety… ultimately safer but never risk free.

  13. The thing about Kobe's death is that it hit relatively young people on the death of their hero's for the first time in their lives. People who never thought of death because of their youth got hit with it head on and it was just stunning. It felt untrue and impossible, even as they saw the reality of it all unfold it was like telling a young kid that Superman is dead.

  14. proof again democrats and libs are FAKE,what happen to th me too movement,COLBY RAPED A WHITE WOMAN AND CAUSE HE PLAYED BALL LIBS FORGIVE TH RAPE,SAD.

  15. Am I the only one that noticed Colbert's family died in a plane crash on September 11, 1974 – … man this day not good for plane travel apparently

  16. Took the words right out of my mouth! Two families were killed in a helicopter crash in Hawaii less than a month before Kobe's crash, they were also flying in heavy fog. There was a little girl the same age as Gianna, 13, on that flight as well. I cried when I read the article and I voiced to my boyfriend that it's absolutely crazy how many helicopters crash in Hawaii, and how nothing is being done about it. Then of course, I'm hit with this news and it just took me back to the other story that was upsetting from back in December. I care about people, especially young kids, even if I don't know them. These deaths are preventable!

  17. Neil Peart was the drummer and lyricist for the band, RUSH. He, like Kobe, shocking passed away recently. These are some lyrics that always put things in perspective, and have gotten me and many others through some hard times.

    "Suddenly, you were gone
    From all the lives you left your mark upon" Afterimage

    "When we are young
    Wandering the face of the earth
    Wondering what our dreams might be worth
    Learning that we're only immortal
    For a limited time" Dreamline

    "The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect
    So hard to earn so easily burned
    The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect
    So hard to earn so easily burned
    Like the fullness of time
    A garden to nurture and protect

    In horizon to set of the sun?
    To the stars goes spinning
    Spinning 'round the night
    Oh it is what it is and forever
    Each moment of memory of light
    The arrow flies while you dream
    The hours tick away
    The cells tick away
    The watchmaker has time up his sleve
    The hours tick…" The Garden.

  18. He just did what we always fail to do: Push for something to be improved on so at least something can get better. Thank you, Stephen

  19. Colbert summed up my thoughts exactly, and of all the 10,000 reports on Kobe, this is the only report that had real meaning.

  20. How very lucky and fortunate we are to have the Stephen and Jon show. I'm a relatively new convert, and I've past the half century mark so I do have lots to compare them to, but they consistently blow me away, mostly with their loving, compassionate common sense. I don't know that we've ever had anything like this show before, in terms of it's willingness to go to these beautiful emotional depths, consistently. We need authenticity in this world, to show us it actually matters. And dignity, integrity. And good for these folks, they give it. They bare their souls, they give their all, and even when skewering someone there's an air of common sense and compassion, which is really what we need more than anything. Couldn't ask for better role models, on top of top shelf entertainers!

  21. the point yet again. I meant he went all out in listing the names of all the victims, not the length of the episode. Please read my entire comment before you attack me.

  22. This eulogy was so moving it remind me of a old english saying: "True selfless love his when old men plant trees that they will never have the pleasure of eating its fruits or sit on it shade" or something like it. Stephen shows love in not just relating to the grief but turning it into something that will help all future generarions, as we all should do.

  23. YES OTHERS loss their lives and we pray for them. The world knew Kobe. It’s not disrespecting the others it’s just our own personal connect in some way to Kobe. Let’s not read too much into what is being said or not said. Everyone on that helicopter I’m sure loved one another. Lets not add hurt/hate to this unfortunate event.

  24. ✨ I still can’t believe all of this is real 😢 Rip Kobe & Gigi and their friends 💕 Thank you SC for honoring these sweet people in your very special way ❣️

  25. FYI: The NTSB has recommended, after prior crash investigations, that helicopters be required to have "black boxes." However, the FAA, the agency who makes the rules for flying, refused to follow their recommendation.

  26. I really do not care about your political views however I do give my condolences to you and those who have lost loved ones.

  27. Great thoughts by both of them. Really heartfelt. Very sad what happened to a great man in Kobe and all the other passengers. His legacy will always be a source of inspiration for many of us

  28. I'm a Conanite and relatively new to Colbert (just discovering him a few months ago) and usually Conan is the classiest of the talk show hosts in times like this. And I know it's not a race to be the classiest, but I can't recall a moment like this where the host actually offers up ideas on how to better the situation down the road. I bet 90% of us here didn't know helicopters didn't have black boxes. Even modern cars have them (or so I've read). We should all be outraged. Time and time again it takes myriad deaths to prove something needs to change. In some instances, that risk should have never been allowed in the first place (Boeing).

  29. Stephen, I didn't know about your own tragic loss at an early age. You spoke eloquently about the feelings of all those family members left behind, and I hope your urgent plea for black boxes on helicopters will be heeded. For human healing, as you say, it is better to know what happened.

  30. I am about to say something that I have felt many times before, but have never felt so clearly as I have now. Stephen Colbert, you are a good person.

  31. That’s absurd that helicopters don’t have black boxes by default as well. I always assumed they did until details abt this crash started coming out, because it just seems like common sense. But there isn’t and we have no way of preventing any repeats of whatever happened here. And that’s beyond depressing, tbh.

    God rest all the victims of this crash, for we don’t know how to prevent it from happening again.

  32. Thank you, for naming all of the victims of the crash. We are reminded of Stephen's loss,and it is a reminder that grief and loss touch us all. Death comes to us all. And every time someone dies, someone somewhere aches and feels the loss. When we share the grief, we lessen their burden, even if only by one degree.

  33. Colbert said he wanted to understand why they crashed. The Calabasas, and nearby coastal areas, are often socked in with fog this time of year. I lived near there. As well sharp hills suddenly rise up. Easy for chopper to hit a hillside in fog.

    One pilot said that helicopter pilot Ara Z. ought to have turned away from fog and landed until fog lifted. He didn’t know why Ara, an experienced pilot, didn’t turn back. But he said pilots sometimes feel pressure to get celebrities to their destination.

    I saw several videos on utube where people living in the area heard loud noises. So they started recording with their phones. One can see the helicopter turn upside down after hitting hill. It then careened at a fast rate, then struck the ground and exploded in fire.

    I’m a longtime Christian who is very close to the Lord. I’ve had near death experiences and I have seen heaven. To skeptics ‘no they were brain hallucinations.’ But I know anatomy. Skeptics say they’re hallucinations not being believers themselves and having no other way to explain phenomena.

    Anyway I take great comfort in knowing there is definitely a ‘there there’ after we die. It is more glorious than anyone can imagine. I pray they are there now, held by God in the sweetest corner of heaven.

    G. Evans, M.Ed.

  34. OMG!!! Steven. I'm sorry for your loss as well. How horrible. This episode has me in tears. My condolences to all that have lost family by airplane and helicopter accidents. Rules do need to change for the helicopters.

  35. NTSB did recommend to FAA to require many safety equipment that helis don't have, but FAA never required it and never enforced it – so FAA is who that has failed –

  36. First of all, Steven I’m sorry for your tragic loss. That took raw courage to share something as personal an experience as the loss of loved ones. You would think that having a black in an aircraft like a helicopter would be standard operating procedure set a long time ago. Thank you for attempting to be the stimulus that might set the wheels in motion to hopefully finally get it done!
    And finally, thank you for making us laugh in our hour of national tragedy.

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