‘Saturday Night Live’ Pays Tribute to Paris In Opening Segment

Cecily Strong SNL Paris

Saturday Night Live” opened tonight with a brief, moving tribute to the city of Paris delivered by cast member Cecily Strong, clad in a black dress.

“Paris is the city of lights,” she said. “And here in New York City, we know that light will never go out. Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you.”

She then recited those words again — in French.

And then Strong offered the line that opens the show every week: “And now, live from New York, it’s Saturday Night.”

The gesture from NBC’s late-night stalwart came a day after a coordinated series of terrorist attacks left at least 129 dead and more than 350 wounded across the city.

NBC’s sketch show has struck the right chord time and again after tragedy has struck. In December 2012 following the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a children’s choir opened the show by singing “Silent Night.”

And in the first airing after 9/11, then-mayor Rudy Giuliani opened the show surrounded by a cadre of city police officers and firefighters. Producer Lorne Michaels asked the mayor, “Can we be funny now?” — to which Giuliani replied, “Why start now?”

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  1. Non says:

    What’s more depressing: Islamic Terrorism or this show?

    Oh… I guess ISLAMIC Terrorism is much worse. IT’s been going on since the days of the ‘prophet’ Mohammed and Saturday Night Live used to be really funny.

  2. Gigi says:

    Thank you, SNL, for always bring so much goodness & happiness into the world. Everytime I think of that Bad Girls skit from last week- especially the part when the wife stomps the trash down – it brightens up my day like nothing else. I love you guys. And we all love you Paris. So much always. Thank you for existing and fighting to create a society of freedom & liberty that helped inspire this country to be the amazing place I’m so grateful to lie in today. Praying for all of you over there. You all are in our hearts. And to all of you sweethearts up in heaven now, thinking of you & hope you are having fun partying with the actual angels now x

  3. Phillip says:

    Where was this trash bitch last week when Donald Trump was on the show spilling hate I didn’t watch and I’m never watch SNL again so stop it.

  4. Fred Mertz says:

    Goodbyenoway, en fait, asshat, you are wrong. Paris is called “The City of Light” for TWO reasons and either one is valid. It is the city of enlightenment AND it was the first city to be completely gas-lit. SNL made a moving and powerful gesture and they don’t need some little twerp like you making a smartass comment to look all important.

  5. Goodbyenoway says:

    Are people so stupid to not understand that Paris is called City of Light not City of Lights and it has nothing to do with light bulbs but with the Enlightenment?

    Bunch of idiots.

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