The Late Late Show host James Corden was close to tears as he paid an emotional tribute to the people of Manchester, England.
Although Corden had originally pre-taped the show, he returned to the studio set to pay homage to the city and people of Manchester as news broke that a suicide bomber had detonated a device that injured at least 59 and killed 22 people. The explosion happened just as concert-goers were exiting Manchester arena following an Ariana Grande concert.
We opened our show talking about Manchester. Our thoughts are with everyone affected. https://t.co/yrgu03JTK8
— James Corden (@JKCorden) May 23, 2017
Appearing visibly upset, Corden said, “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.”
Referring to the city and people of Manchester, Corden revealed, “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 tightknit 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.”