Tragedy Of Newtown Being Felt Across TV Dial and Beyond
There was a moving tribute to the victims of the Newtown mass shooting last night on The Voice.
The judges, contestants and host Carson Daly each held a sign with the name and age of one of the victims and sang a truly beautiful rendition of "Hallelujah."
The tragedy at Newtown is being felt all across the dial.
"I hope we can laugh a bit tonight after a horrible weekend," said Jimmy Kimmel on his show.
Kimmel was teary-eyed as he opened his show with an expression of sympathy for the people of Newtown, his voice cracking with emotion.
"I just want the people in Connecticut to know that we do not take what you are going through lightly," said Kimmel.
Conan O'Brien also got serious on his show.
"Everyone who works at this show, everyone here in the audience, our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by Friday's insanely mindless tragedy," said O'Brien.
And movie studios are reacting to the tragedy today by cancelling premieres. Tom Cruise's new movie Jack Reacher, which features a number of scenes involving gun violence, was cancelled.
The studio said in a statement: "Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing the Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher."
Also cancelled was the Los Angeles premiere of the ultra-violent Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx & Leonardo DiCaprio.
The studio released a statement: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and in this time of national mourning, we have decided to forego our scheduled event."
But the movie's director, Quentin Tarantino, is upset at the cancellation, saying, "I just think, you know, there's violence in the world, tragedies happen. It's a western. Give me a break."
There was a remarkable moment from last night's Monday Night Football game when Tennessee Titan Chris Johnson broke loose for a 94-yard touchdown. But it wasn't only the score that was special. Before the game, he had written the names of the victims of Sandy Hook on his cleats. No doubt when he flew down that field, he was carried on the wings of angels.