While his home city of London was under attack, James Corden was more than 5,000 miles away in Los Angeles, preparing to host The Late Late Show.
“It’s still unknown what the motives were,” he told his audience on Wednesday night’s show. “What we do know is that people have lost their lives and many, many more have been injured.”
Corden sent his thoughts to “everyone who’s been affected by this,” getting choked up as he talked about watching the news earlier in the day and feeling a “long, long way from home.”
“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,” he continued. “What you feel is that you wish you could be there with loved ones, to stand alongside them.”
“London is a diverse and proud and brilliant city,” Corden said. “And one thing that 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.”