News that coordinated attacks in Paris left at least 127 people dead broke while Stephen Colbert was taping Friday night’s episode of The Late Show. Several audience members tweeted that the host informed them of the news during a commercial break. Colbert addressed the news on-air at the end of the show.
“Folks, we end tonight’s show with a heavy heart because we taped all of tonight’s show, and then we found out about the horrific attacks in Paris today,” Colbert said. “I know not much is known right now. We do know there have been many deaths and the crisis is still ongoing.”
“President Hollande declared a state of emergency and President Obama has promised that the United States will do whatever it takes to bring those terrorists to justice,” he continued. “We add our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Paris.”
“And now, we’ll see you on Monday,” he added, before pausing for a long time, visibly holding back tears. “Goodnight.”