Reports of the devastating attacks in Paris that left over 100 people dead broke during the taping of Friday night’s Late Show. Host Stephen Colbert shared the news during a commercial break.
“Folks, we end tonight’s show with a heavy heart because we taped all of tonight’s show, and then we found out about the horrific attacks in Paris today,” Colbert said. “I know not much is known right now. We do know there have been many deaths and the crisis is still ongoing.”
“President Hollande declared a state of emergency and President Obama has promised that the United States will do whatever it takes to bring those terrorists to justice,” he continued. “We add our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Paris.”
Fighting back tears, Colbert signed off: “And now, we’ll see you on Monday . . . goodnight.”
CNN reports that ISIS is claiming responsibility for the gunfire and blasts that the French president called an act of war. “ISIS said eight militants wearing explosive belts and armed with machine guns attacked precisely selected areas in the French capital,” writes CNN. “[The attacks are] to teach France, and all nations following its path, that they will remain at the top of Islamic State’s list of targets, and that the smell of death won’t leave their noses as long as they partake in their crusader campaign,” ISIS said in a statement.