Tim Polzer
Thursday June 13th, 2013

Maria Menounos said Kobe Bryant respected her devotion to the Celtics. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images) "Extra" host Maria Menounos said Kobe Bryant respects her devotion to the Celtics. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Maria Menounos, host of "Extra," told Conan O'Brien that Jack Nicholson had her removed from her courtside seats during the 2010 NBA Finals.

Menounos, an avid Celtics fan, said she was openly rooting for her team at Staples Center during Game 6 when, according to the Los Angeles Times:

"I get booted! These guys come and pull us out of courtside."

Relocated to the Chairman's Lounge at Staples Center, she saw Nicholson at halftime -- "I see they moved your seat," laughed Nicholson, according to Menounos.

"I heard later he called [the late Dr.] Jerry Buss and had me removed," she continued.

Menounos also told of an encounter with Kobe Bryant who showed her respect after noticing her wearing Celtic green at an All-Star Game.

"You know what, I actually really respect you.  You really take up for your team and you're not scared in our territory to show your love," Bryant said, according to Menounos' account.

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