“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?”