James Corden put the jokes on hold to open The Late Late Show on Wednesday night.
The comedian recorded his latest episode just a couple hours after London police confirmed that five people were killed and 40 injured after a heinous car and knife attack outside U.K. Parliament that afternoon.
The murderer drove a car through one of the most active and most parts of Great Britain’s capital about 2:40 p.m. local time, slamming into dozens of pedestrians prior to crashing into the gate outside the Palace of Westminster during Prime Minister’s Questions time.
The assailant then got out the vehicle and fatally stabbed police officer.
Truly awful stuff.
“There was a terror attack today in my hometown, the city of London in Westminster,” Corden said on air.
“While we’re filming this, it’s still unknown what the motives were. What we do know at this point is that people have lost their lives and many, many more have been injured.”
Corden proceeded to send his thoughts to all affected by the terrorist attack, adding:
"Watching the news today, I felt a really long, long way from home. And it’s funny when something like that happens in your hometown, you don’t have a feeling of being glad that you’re so far away.
"What you feel is that you wish you could be there with loved ones to stand alongside them.”
The popular host wasn’t the only British celebrity to speak out on the awful incident, either. To wit:
Concluded Corden, in a clip you can watch below:
"London is a diverse and proud and brilliant city, and one thing is for sure: if this act of terrorism was supposed to divide the people of London, I know for a fact that all something like this does is bring them closer together as one.
"Tonight we send our heartfelt thoughts to everybody in Britain. Stay safe everybody, please."