The Late Late Show host gave viewers some strong words
James Corden took a serious moment at this year’s Tony Awards to honour those who tragically lost their lives in the Orlando shootings.
The talk-show host took to the stage to present the prestigious theatre awards ceremony for the first time on Sunday evening, and in the wake of the terror, did not waste an opportunity to speak out, telling the theatre and the global audience that ‘hate will never win’.
His powerful monologue began: ‘On behalf of the whole theatre community, and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all those affected by this atrocity.
‘All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theatre is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced and is loved.
‘Hate will never win. Together, we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and celebration of that principle.’
The awards show, which saw Brit actress Cynthia Erivo take the gong for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, was dedicated to those affected by the mass shootings at the LGBT nightclub Pulse that left 50 people dead and more injured.
In honour of the victims, guests also pinned silver ribbons to their clothes as a display of solidarity.