In lieu of the usual cold-open comedy bit, Stephen Colbert opened The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, with a statement about the recent New York terrorist attack that left at least 8 people dead. Seeing as how Colbert lives and works in New York, the attack really hit home. Colbert said:
"Good evening. Shortly before we began taping tonight's show, we learned about the horrific events here in New York City."
It appears a terrorist has attacked innocent citizens in lower Manhattan. And all of our hearts, all of our broken hearts go out to everyone affected and to all of those who live and work in this great city.
Tomorrow and the next day, New Yorkers will wake up to new details about what happened. But tomorrow and the day New Yorkers will wake up and keep going. Because is an uncertain world one thing is for sure, New Yorkers will never live in fear."