During a Wednesday appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show, Mama Ru herself sat down with comedian, actress, and Drag Race guest judge Loni Love (who was filling in for Ellen and doing hosting duties) and the two chatted about a whole bunch of things, from Ru's wig collection, the possibility of a Las Vegas residency, the season 13 Drag Race finale, and perhaps most surprisingly, the late, great basketball legend Kobe Bryant being a big fan of the Emmy-winning, drag-based reality TV competition.
Loni then asks Ru if had met anyone famous who he was pleasantly surprised turned out to be Drag Race fans, and the TV legend recalled the time he met Kobe and his wife Vanessa Bryant at a hotel in New York.
"Kobe and his wife were in the lobby, and they said that they watched the show, and I was surprised by that," RuPaul said of the NBA great, who, along with his daughter Gianna and seven other people, passed away tragically in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California back in January of 2020.
"It's moments like that that you love, that you know you're doing something good," Loni replied.
Watch Ru chat more with Loni Love on Ellen in the video below!