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Jimmy Kimmel to host Kobe Bryant's Hollywood handprint and footprint ceremony

02/18/2011 by Corinne Heller

Jimmy Kimmel is set to host a ceremony that will honor Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant as the first athlete to put his hands and feet in concrete outside Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Bryant is a five-time NBA champion who has won the past two finals MVP awards. Kimmel is known for his ABC late-night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and gained international fame last year with his show's star-studded viral videos, "I'm (expletive) Matt Damon" and "I'm (expletive) Ben Affleck". He has hosted Bryant and other Lakers players on his program, which is filmed near the ceremony's location.

Fellow talk show host and comedian George Lopez, a longtime Lakers fan, will be the keynote speaker at the event, set to take place on Saturday during the NBA's All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, the Associated Press reported. Police plan to beef up security in the city for the event, which is expected to attact some 100,000 fans.

Other stars who have had their handprints and footprints displayed in concrete in Hollywood include Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen, Mickey Rooney, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman, Nicolas Cage, Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp and Will Smith.

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