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.