The host sat at his desk and emotionally detailed the stunning wave of incidents that have left at least 128 dead.
“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. “I know not much is known right now. We do know there have been many deaths and the crisis is still ongoing.”
By the time the show aired at 11:35 p.m. EST, at least 82 people were killed at the city’s Bataclan concert hall, with 46 reportedly killed in numerous other attacks by gunman or suicide bombers throughout Paris, according to French TV station BFM TV. Over 180 people are injured.
“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,” Cobert continued in the video. “We add our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Paris.” (Watch the video below.)
As he signed off, Colbert took a deep breath, seemingly holding back his tears, before telling viewers “goodnight.”
Other celebrities have taken to social media to express their reaction to the gun and bomb attacks.
On Saturday morning the Islamic State (ISIS) reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks.
According to the New York Times, ISIS said in a press release that the attacks were the “first of the storm” and called Paris a “capital of prostitution and obscenity.”
Hollande said in a press conference that the French government is blaming ISIS for the attacks.