SNL Ditches Cold Open for Bilingual Message of Solidarity With Paris

Saturday Night Live turned its cold open this week into a warm message of solidarity for the people of Paris, following the multiple shootings and explosions by terrorists there on Friday that left 129 people dead.

In lieu of the traditional kickoff sketch, an emotional Cecily Strong, dressed in black, took the stage with no introduction or music, and delivered the following message: “Paris is the City of Light, and here in New York City, we know that light will never go out. Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you.”

Strong then repeated the message in French, before solemnly delivering the show’s signature pre-opening-credits catchphrase, “And now, live from New York, it’s Saturday night.”

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  1. Daya says:

    Even with a perfect accent! Classy!

  2. Yep! says:

    Cecily Strong really did seem emotionally affected, must have touched something personal for her. It was a good choice to do a respectful wish. Sadly, it was about the only good thing about this episode.

  3. Charlie Hebdo says:

    The religion of pieces strikes again!

  4. Angela says:

    Aw, that was lovely. Sweet and to the point.

  5. Mr. Tran K says:

    Don’t recall if it was the first time in SNL’s 41 year history that has no cold open due to real life tragic events. Didn’t know Cecily Strong speaks French and she’s one of my favorite female SNL players of all time.

    • rowan77 says:

      The first show after 9/11 had no comedic cold open. Mayor Guliani NYPD, and NYFD first responders had an opening like this. It’s a classy way to start a comedy show after a tragedy.

      • sydney says:

        After the shooting at Sandy Hook they also started with a children’s choir singing Silent Night instead of the comedic cold open.

      • Angela says:

        Didn’t they also start the show without a cold open after Sandy Hook? I think that was the one with the children with candles?

  6. Ellie Sherman says:

    so beautiful. simple, yet strong. her accent was stunning and the tears in her eyes said it all.

  7. Leah says:

    Last week SNL was pimping the racist piece of Hitler garbage that is Donald Trump and now they want people to believe they give a crap about the planet? Bull.

  8. I didn’t watch it. But I wish they did something without a cold open after Virginia Tech too. 9/11, understandable because it was a massive tragedy that did happen in New York, DC and Pennsylvania. Sandy Hook, was tragic because of the young kids lost along with the adults. As is Paris. I am not trying to downplay those events.

    But Virginia Tech was the worst school shooting in history. .

  9. Sanntay says:

    A beautiful tribute! We’ll done!

  10. Paul says:

    Very well done. I am glad they chose to open soberly as they did after 9-11 and the Sandy Hook Massacre.

  11. Arnold says:

    Could someone provide me with the transcript for Strong’s French message? I know she just repeated it in French but I want to know the exact wording she used.

    • Ann says:

      “Paris c’est la Ville Lumière. Ici à New York City, nous savons que cette lumière ne s’éteindra jamais. On vous envoie tout notre amour et soutien ce soir. Nous sommes de tout coeur avec vous.”

      • Fred says:

        My French is a little rusty, but this is basically the translation:
        Paris is the city of light. Here in New York City, we know that this light will never be extinguished. We send you all our love and support tonight. We are wholeheartedly with you (our hearts are with you).

      • Fred says:

        I just listened to it. Pretty good French accent. Either she has a fantastic ear from her acting training, or she knows the language.

  12. nfc says:

    Unfortunately, this was mostly cut off on my NBC station, which joined in the middle of the French translation. Still a touching and emotional tribute.

  13. David4 says:

    So when will they do the one for the 224 Russians that died when ISIS bombed a plane last week? Does no one care about that because they were Russian?

    • Jeff says:

      It hasn’t been definitively declared a terrorism event yet, so that’d be jumping the gun a bit. They haven’t decided what happened.

  14. Greg says:

    Beautiful, funny, and smart lady