James Corden Gives Impassioned Speech On Terror Attack: 'This Will Bring London Closer Together'
"The Late Late Show" host opened his Wednesday night show with a message to London.
Tributes from across the world have poured in following the deadly terror attack in London that killed an American tourist, police constable and a beloved mother of two.
Among them, British native James Corden issued a touching statement on "The Late Late Show."
He opened his show Wednesday with a message to London, where a man identified by authorities as 52-year-old Khalid Masood drove an SUV into Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament.
“There was a terror attack today in my hometown … People have lost their lives and many, many more have been injured,” Corden began. "I know a lot of people in Britain watch this show, as there's a lot of people from Britain who work on this show, and of course, our thoughts go out to everyone who's been affected by this."
“Watching the news today, I felt a really long, long way from home,” he said, swallowing hard.
Corden was born in Greater London and grew up in Buckinghamshire, which borders the city.
Though he moved to California for his critically acclaimed late night talk show, Corden often returns home for both work and time spent with his loved ones.
It’s also where he and Adele drove around as they belted out the super star’s hits during a “Carpool Karaoke” segment that went on to become 2016’s most-watched YouTube video.
“It's funny when something like that happens in your hometown, you don't have a feeling of being glad that you're so far away. What you feel is that you wish you could be there with loved ones to stand alongside them,” Corden continued.
"London is a diverse and proud and brilliant city, and one thing is for sure: if this act of terrorism was supposed to divide the people of London, I know for a fact that all something like this does is bring them closer together as one,” he said. "Tonight we send our heartfelt thoughts to everybody in Britain. Stay safe everybody, please."
Corden’s heartfelt speech was one of many gestures made in honor of those lost on Wednesday.
On social media, hashtags #PrayForLondon and #WeAreNotAfraid quickly gained traction after the attack, as did images carrying sentiments of strength and love.
In Paris, the Eiffel Tower went dark at midnight in solidarity with the citizens of Britain.
The landmark, which usually sparkles until 1 a.m., was turned off to honor the victims of the attack, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote in French on Twitter, adding #NousSommesUnis, which translates to “We Are United.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her thoughts were "with our British friends and all of the people of London.” In December, a lorry attack that ISIL took credit for claimed 12 lives in Germany.
President Donald Trump spoke by phone to British Prime Minister Theresa May after the attack, pledging the "full co-operation and support" of the US government in bringing those responsible for the attack to justice, the White House said in a statement.
Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel also said his country stands with the UK, writing on Twitter: "Our condolences are with those who mourn and all who are affected in London. Belgium stands with UK in fight against terror."
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement that the sympathy can only be sent “back twofold,” as Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the attacks in Brussels and Belgium, during which time they “felt the support of your sympathy and solidarity.”
“My thoughts are with London tonight, with the families of the victims, with the commuters travelling home, with the people across the country and the world trying to get in touch with their loved ones, with the emergency services working courageously tonight, as every other night,” he said.
“The United Kingdom will always remain a partner and a friend and one we will continue to work hand in hand with in the fight against terror," Juncker continued. "Together, Europeans will never cease to prove that love will always triumph over hate and that tolerance will always triumph over fear.”
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