Stephen Colbert Addresses Paris Attacks: From Hashtags to Ratatouille, Every Sign of Support 'Is Positive'

Though each late-night host addressed the attacks that devastated Paris, it was Stephen Colbert’s mission to find what little good comes of these horrific events that left us teary-eyed.

On Monday’s Late Show, the host did away with his usual start-of-show banter to speak out about the tragedy that took place during the taping of his Nov. 13 episode, which he was then barely able to address.

“New York is a city that sadly knows all too well the horror the French experienced,” he said. “We also know there are no words that can reach the depths of their grief and their shock. But we stand with the people of France as a friend and as an ally, and offer the hope that there is a way through the unspeakable tragedy.”

The comedian also suggested that “anything that is an attempt at human connection in the world right now is positive,” whether it be tweeting statements of support with the hashtag #PrayForParis, or “watching a Parisian rat make soup” in the form of Disney’s Ratatouille, which was allegedly go-to viewing for a number of people who took to social media following the attacks.

To complement Colbert’s words of hope and solidarity, house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human opened the show with their rendition of France’s national anthem:

What did you think of The Late Show‘s response to the events in Paris? Watch Colbert’s full address above, then sound off in the comments.

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  1. Jenny says:

    I think it was a sweet, and lovely way to honor France.

  2. Annie says:

    I admit it freely: the shot of the audience standing choked me up. Well done.

  3. H says:

    ??? I don’t see the good that hashtags and mentions of anything French actually do to anyone French. I’d rather find it offensive in its semplicity.

    • Angelina says:

      I don’t find it offensive, and I’m French. Any way of support is still support and is valuable and important, no matter what it is or how people do it. The simple fact that people do something in support of my country, of my people, of those who suffer from loss right now, no matter how small it seems, is important, because, by doing so, they show they think of us, they show solidarity. Considerint the numerous people who do those things, it is important. And I, personnally, thank anyone who had shown, who still shows support, no matter how they do it. Because we’re in this together.

      • Slowride says:

        I’m French too and I completely agree with you Angelina. We need to be united and there’s no need to be offended over support shown by watching Ratatouille. I think it’s cute :)

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  4. Daya says:

    Watching Ratatouille seems like a good idea…remembering Paris in the happier times!

  5. firtree says:

    LOVE him!

  6. Jooshua says:

    I was randomly watching Ratatouille the day before this happened.