Watch James Corden’s Emotional Response to Manchester Attack

Watch James Corden’s Emotional Response to Manchester Attack

The London-born comedian pays tribute to the people of Manchester.

The London-born comedian pays tribute to the people of Manchester.

Text: E.R. PULGAR

Last night, a 22-year-old bomber identified by British Police as Salman Abedi set off a homemade explosive at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena show. The ensuing death toll has risen to 22, with 59 others injured. The detonation was the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.K. in 12 years. In the wake of the attack, James Corden taped a somber introduction to last night’s episode of The Late Late Show.

In the shattering introduction, Corden’s voice cracks as he speaks of the “comedy and curries and character” of Manchester. A shaken Corden paid homage to the things that Manchester is known for, from Joy Division to being the birthplace of the inventor of the first computer. The father of two also emphasized his shock at the fact that there would be so many children at the particular site of this attack.

Corden himself is from Hillingdon, the westernmost borough of Greater London, but his connection to the city of Manchester was absolutely palpable. At the end of the taping, he acknowledged the lack of information that existed at the time, the silence in the empty studio as deafening as the social media firestorm that would follow.

Watch Corden’s touching statement on the Manchester attack below.

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