James Corden has paid tribute during The Late Late Show to the people killed in an explosion at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena concert on Monday night (May 22).
22 people have been confirmed dead, including children, with at least 59 others injured. Police are treating it as a terrorist incident.
“While taping our show earlier tonight, we heard the horrific news coming out of Manchester in England,” James told viewers.
“There had been an incident at Ariana Grande’s concert, we still have no real information about what’s happening, all we know is the tragic news that there are multiple fatalities and many injuries.
“It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news, that attacks like this can happen, but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight.”
He continued: “Many of you won’t have ever been to Manchester, but you will definitely have heard of it. It’s famous all over the world for so many wonderful things, great football teams, Man City, Man United. It’s famous for incredible music, Oasis and Joy Division.
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“It was the birthplace of the leader of the suffragettes, it’s the home of the inventor of the first computer. It’s a place full of comedy, and curries, and character.
“But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there, and I’m telling you a more tight knit group of people you will be hard pressed to find.
“Strong, proud, caring people with community at its core, and if it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.
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“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester tonight, all of the staff of the MEN arena, all of the security teams, all of the emergency services, Ariana and her team, and all of those families affected by tonight,” he added.
“We’ll all go to bed, holding our little ones even tighter this evening.”
The 21,000-seater venue was hosting a stop on Ariana’s ‘Dangerous Woman Tour’ when witnesses reported hearing a “huge bang” after Grande had left the stage.
Ariana has also responded to the tragedy, writing on Twitter: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
Emergency numbers have been set up for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area – 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.
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