Kobe Bryant Was Scheduled To Film ‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Days Following Death
On January 26, 2020, the world lost a loving husband and father, a humble human being, and one of the biggest names in basketball — Kobe Bryant. The 41-year-old was involved in a helicopter crash, killing him and eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
Bryant, best known for his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, occasionally made cameo appearances in films and television, including on “Sesame Street”, “Ridiculousness”, “Sister, Sister”, and more.
Now, we are learning that the NBA legend was set to make a cameo in Peacock’s “Saved By the Bell” reboot, just days after his death.
Kobe Bryant Was Supposed to Cameo In “Saved By the Bell” Reboot
When speaking to EW exclusively, “Saved By the Bell” stars Josie Totah and Alycia Pascual-Peña, who portray Lexi and Aisha in the show, are revealing that the late Kobe Bryant was scheduled to film a cameo for the pilot episode just days after his unexpected death.
“A wild tidbit that I don’t think a lot of people know, or, it’s not important at all because obviously, we are the least of importance when it comes to this legend and his daughter’s passing, but we were actually supposed to film with Kobe two days after he died,” Totah told EW.
Pascual-Peña added, “I remember learning that he had passed through one of our best friends, Anjelika Washington. She called me specifically because she knew that I’d been talking about it for a month with her — that I was so excited to meet Kobe on set and I can’t believe that he was a fan of the first ‘Saved by the Bell’ and that he was excited to be on the show.”
The “Saved By the Bell” actress continued, “It’s really beautiful and eye-opening to see how one person can. . . bring joy to so many people. Some people live their entire lives never seeing the full impact they had on the world until they pass. Thankfully Kobe was given his flowers. That man was so loved and so respected.”
Kobe Bryant Killed In Helicopter Crash In Calabasas Hills
On his way from John Wayne-Orange County Airport to Camarillo to a youth basketball game on January 26, 2020, basketball legend Kobe Bryant was involved in a helicopter crash, killing him and eight others.
Bryant was on the flight with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, as well as accompanied by John and Keri Altobelli and their daughter, Alyssa; Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton; and Christina Mauser, an assistant coach.
Bryant was 41 years old.