On Monday night, an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England injured 50 and killed at least 22 people. Updates on the tragedy Tuesday morning indicate that many of the victims were children and young adults, some of whom are still missing. Late night host James Corden, who is from the UK, started Monday evening's program with a message for the victims and their families. James Corden's monologue about Manchester paid tribute to its people and touched on what many parents were thinking upon hearing the news.
At the top of his show Monday night, Corden said that during the taping of the show, he and his crew had learned of the “horrific news” of what happened in Manchester. Although Corden is known as a staple of late night entertainment in the United States, he hails from London and was clearly shaken by Monday night’s events. Realizing that many of his fans and viewers in the U.S. may not be familiar with the city of Manchester, he used the opening monologue of Monday night’s show to give an emotional tribute to the amazing city and honor its people in the wake of such an unthinkable tragedy:
Corden also touched on what many were thinking immediately after news of the attack, which was that as it was a pop concert, many of the victims were likely to be children and teens. Corden and his wife, Julia, have young children themselves: a son and daughter, Max and Carey. “We’ll all go to bed holding our little ones even tighter this evening," Corden added tearfully.