Cecily Strong Pays Tribute to Paris Victims With Moving Speech on ‘Saturday Night Live’

by Elizabeth VanMetre 1:07 AM PST, November 15, 2015
Playing Cecily Strong Pays Tribute to Paris Victims With Moving Speech on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Cecily Strong kicked off Saturday Night Live with a moving tribute to the victims of Friday's terror attacks in Paris, France.

In the cold open of the Elizabeth Banks-hosted episode, the 31-year-old comedian looked directly into the camera to deliver the message.

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"Paris is the city of lights," she began. "And here in New York City, we know that light will never go out. Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you."

Following the brief monologue, Strong repeated the statement, in perfect French.

Strong wasn't the only late-night TV personality who paid tribute to the heartbreaking attacks that killed or wounded over 400 people in the French capital-- Stephen Colbert also delivered an emotional speech during The Late Show on Friday.

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"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," the 51-year-old talk show host told his audience. "I know that not much is known right now. We do know there have been many deaths."

He seemed to be speechless when he ended his monologue. "We add our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Paris and now, um, we'll see you on Monday…," he said, followed by a big sigh. "Goodnight."

As ET previously reported, the President of France declared a state of emergency on Friday after a series of shootings and explosions began at multiple sites throughout the city, including the Stade de France stadium and Bataclan concert hall. More than 100 people were killed at the music theater, where an Eagles of Death Metal show was taking place.