The world is still coming to grips with the awful tragedy that took place at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England on Monday night, when an ISIS-affiliated suicide bomber entered the Arena where the singer was performing and detonated his load, killing over twenty people and wounding dozens more. Since then a multitude of tributes have poured in from across the political and cultural spectrum and the work presses on to discover those responsible for this terrible tragedy and hold them accountable for their actions.
TV host James Corden only found out the attack during the taping of his program, The Late Late Show, and felt it appropriate to film a separate message expressing his condolences to the victims and their families, as well as his hopes for the city of Manchester itself.
“It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news, that attacks like this can happen, but especially when there are so many children at this concert tonight,” the U.K. native said. “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. The spirit of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.”
He ended on a somber note. “We’ll all go to bed holding out little ones even tighter this evening.”
You can watch Corden’s full comments in the video above.