James Corden Addresses Orlando Shooting in Somber Tonys Opening

Host James Corden opened the 2016 Tony Awards in somber fashion, addressing the Sunday morning shooting in Orlando that killed 50 people.

“All around the world, people are trying to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in Orlando this morning,” he said. “On behalf of the whole theater community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you’re not on your own right now.”

“Your tragedy is our tragedy,” he went on. “Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced, and is loved. Hate will never win. Together, we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and celebration of that principle.”

The Orlando shooting ranks at the deadliest in U.S. history. Along with the 50 fatalities, 53 more people were injured at gay nightclub Pulse.

The Tony Awards issued a statement dedicating the show to the victims and families of victims of the shooting earlier on Sunday.

Several Broadway stars remembered the victims earlier in the day, including “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. He posted a photo of a rainbow heart, with the word “Orlando” underneath.

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