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The View Panelists Reflect on Kobe and Gianna Bryant's Lives, Legacies

Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain

Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain

The View opened on a somber note on the morning of Jan. 27. On Jan. 26, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash. 

Whoopi Goldberg observed, "When people say you have to live each day to the fullest, this is what they mean." She later added a touching anecdote about when her grandson, who adored Bryant, met the star. She shared on Twitter:

Joy Behar reflected:

You know, I got it on my phone or watch or something, and it was like, 'What?' And they weren’t saying it right away; they weren't saying it happened to him. He’s only 41 years old, and the little girl...There were other kids on the plane. It’s a terrible thing. What can you say about it? He was an nice guy, a real sweetheart. We. had him on the show.

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Sunny Hostin added:

Whoopi, as you know, I spend every weekend with my daughter's basketball team because she plays AAU [Amateur Athletic Union]. We were stunned. 

Hostin noted that teenager Gianna, better known as "Gigi," was already a burgeoning basketball star in her own right, someone her own child had heard of. She continued:

We couldn’t process it. I don’t think anyone could really process it. What I loved about Kobe, not only was he lovely when he was here, he was such a proponent for girls in sports and women in sport, and it just meant a lot to have a more former NBA player saying, 'Girls can do it too,' you know?

Watch The View co-hosts tackle these tragedies below.

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