A ‘Shaken’ Stephen Colbert Offered Thoughts and Prayers to Paris Attack Victims in an Extra Segment Last Night

News of the terrorist attacks in Paris broke yesterday after most of late-night TV had already taped, but Stephen Colbert recorded an additional segment to address the tragedy at the end of his show Friday night.

“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. Visibly moved, he went on to briefly summarize what was known at the time, and to offer sympathy to those affected by the attacks. “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,” Colbert continued. “We add our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Paris.”

“And now, we’ll see you on Monday,” he then paused and took a deep breath while seeming to hold back tears. “Goodnight.”

According to audience members on Twitter, the news reached the host in the middle of taping. When he stopped the show to break the news to his audience, he seemed “visibly shaken” over the events.

Watch the video of Colbert’s statement below, via The Daily Beast.

Stephen Colbert Addresses the Paris Attacks