“We begin with a few words about France, which on Friday suffered the deadliest attack on its soil since World War II,” he began. “It’s hardly been 48 hours, and much is still unknown, but there are a few things we can say for certain. And this is when it actually helps to be on HBO, where those things can we said without restraint, because after the many necessary and appropriate moments of silence, I’d like to offer you a moment of premium cable profanity.”
Oliver then began a profanity-filled tirade towards to attackers who reportedly left over 400 people dead or injured throughout the French capital.
“So here is where things stand: first, as of now, we know this attack was carried out by gigantic f**king a**holes; unconscionable, flaming a**holes; possibly working with other f**ing a**holes; definitely working in service of an ideology of pure a**holery,” Oliver, 38, exclaimed as the audience burst into cheers. “Second, and this goes almost without saying, f**k these a**holes, f**k them, if I may say, sideways. And third, it’s important to remember, nothing about what these a**holes are trying to do is going to work. France is going to endure, and I’ll tell you why. If you’re in a war of culture and lifestyle with France, good f**king luck, because go ahead, bring your bankrupt ideology. They’ll bring Jean-Paul Sartre, Edith Piaf, fine wine, Gauloises cigarettes, Camus, Camembert, madeleines, macaroons, Marcel Proust and the f**king croquembouche. You just brought a philosophy of rigorous self-abnegation to a pastry fight, my friend. You are f**ked.”
“So to the people of France, our thoughts are truly with you and I do not doubt there will be more to say on all of this as events unspool,” he concluded.
On Friday, the President of France, Francois Hollande, declared a state of emergency after a series of shootings and explosions began at multiple sites throughout the city, including the Bataclan and Stade de France stadium. Hollande has deemed the terror attacks -- which ISIS has since claimed responsibility for -- "an act of war."
Last Week Tonight wasn’t the only late show to address the terror attacks. Cecily Strong paid tribute to the victims with a heartfelt message during the cold open of Saturday Night Live.