Given the tragic events that occurred in Paris just 30 hours earlier, Saturday Night Live opted to begin their latest episode with a show of solidarity to France instead of their usual cold open. “Paris is the city of light, and here in New York City, we know that light will never go out,” Cecily Strong told the audience. “Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you.” Strong then delivered SNL‘s message again, this time in French.
Over 120 people were killed and over 350 people were injured in Friday’s terror attacks on Paris, with many of the victims from an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the city’s Bataclan venue. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attacks, which also claimed the life of Eagles of Death Metal merchandise manager Nick Alexander.
Strong ended the powerful, unique cold open by then announcing, “And now, live from New York, it’s Saturday night.”