Despite the taping of “The Late Late Show” prior to Monday’s terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, host and England-native James Corden filmed an additional segment of the show to honor the victims of the explosion.
Near tears, Corden spoke about the tragic event:
“While taping our show earlier tonight, we heard the horrific news coming out of Manchester in England. There had been an incident at Ariana Grande’s concert. We still have no real information about what’s happening. It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen, but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight.”
Corden went on to note that Manchester is famous for “wonderful things” such as the football teams Man City and Manchester United and for being the origin of bands like Oasis. He said that a sense of community is the essence of the city:
“It’s a place full of comedy and curries and character. But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there. And I’m telling you, a more tight-knit group of people you will be hard-pressed to find. Strong, proud, caring people with community at its core. And if it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.”
Corden closed by saying his thoughts and prayers were with Manchester.
The explosion outside Manchester Arena killed 22 and left 59 wounded, with children among the victims. Following the attack, Grande tweeted: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
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