The late-night TV landscape on Monday was appropriately somber as the likes of Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Samantha Bee addressed the horrific shooting in Orlando which left 50 people dead and another 53 injured in the largest mass-shooting in U.S. history.
Colbert, who much like Conan O’Brien fears that lamenting these mass shootings is becoming a national ritual, opened The Late Show with a message of hope for those who stand together and allow love to conquer hate.
“Love does not despair,” he said in the above clip. “Love makes us strong. … Love gives us hope that change is possible.”
Bee, on the other hand, proved more cynical than her late-night brethren at the top of Full Frontal, claiming that “love does not win unless we love each other enough to fix our f—king problems.” The basic cable host slammed former presidential hopeful Marco Rubio for insisting it was simply “Orlando’s turn” to face a massacre of this magnitude and that nothing could be done to prevent it:
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Scroll down to see how Fallon, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and Larry Wilmore addressed the massacre at Pulse nightclub:
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON: “We need to support each other’s differences and worry less about our own opinions. Get back to debate and get away from believing or supporting the idea that if someone doesn’t live the way you want them to live, you just buy a gun and kill them.”
THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE: “Whether or not a Jihadi extremist was at the center of this attack, this was an attack on gay safe spaces. For those members of the LGBT community that feel scared, don’t stop singing, dancing or living. We need to bring the vibrant love and joy of a gay club into the outside world, not bring the outside world of violent hatred inside gay clubs.”
THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH: “At this point [President Obama has] hosted 12 state dinners, but he’s had to give 16 mass-shooting addresses. … America needs to ask itself the question: Do you want to be a country that takes reasonable measures to protect its citizens, or should we tell the president to prepare speech No. 17?”
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS: In response to a self-congratulatory tweet by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Meyers said, “I don’t know who’s been congratulating [him], but you may want to redirect your congratulations to the first responders or those waiting in line to give blood.”