Late, late night host James Corden usually makes his viewers laugh. After a bombing in Manchester that’s left at least 22 dead and many more injured, he was fighting tears.
“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,” he said in a sober address. “Many of you won’t have ever been to Manchester but you will definitely have heard of it. It’s famous all over the world for so many wonderful things: great football teams, it’s famous for incredible music .. it was the birthplace of the leader of the Suffragettes, it’s the home of the inventor of the first computer. It’s a place full of comedy and curries and character.”
“When I think of Manchester, the place I know, I think of the spirit of the people there,” Corden continued. “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.
“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester tonight,” he concluded. “We’ll all go to bed holding our little ones even tighter this evening.”