Comedy Central has pulled an episode of cartoon Legends of Chamberlain Heights after it featured a scene depicting Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.
The episode, titled End of Days, was originally broadcast in 2016, but the channel tweeted to say that they would be taking the episode off air after the former NBA legend tragically died on Sunday.
As we all know by now, Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash over Calabasas alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.
Some are saying that Legends of Chamberlain Heights freakishly predicted Kobe’s death, however the writer’s themselves have distanced themselves from any such theories and have asked for the clip not to be shared.
Creator of the show, Josiah Johnson, posted a personal apology on Twitter, claiming the clip was supposed to be a joke on Kobe’s reputation for not passing, not necessarily the helicopter crash itself.
This was a collaborative effort by our writers’ room, which included Kobe, LeBron and MJ fans and was in no way meant to be a prediction of the tragic event that transpired.
Upon learning the news of Kobe’s passing, I immediately reached out to Comedy Central and asked that the episode be taken down, in addition to deleting the clip off the show’s social media accounts.
The show’s official account wrote:
Out of respect for Kobe and his family we have removed the clip of him and ask that you please don’t share it.
RIP Kobe and Gigi Bryant and everyone else who died in the helicopter crash today.
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this horrific tragedy.