Saturday Night Live eschewed its usual cold-open sketch on Saturday to pay tribute to Paris in the wake of the Friday night terror attacks across the city that left at least 129 dead.
“Paris is the city of light. And here in New York City, we know that light will never go out,” cast member Cecily Strong said at the start of the show, her voice noticeably full of emotion. “Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you.” She then read the same phrase in French, before introducing the show with its traditional seven words: “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night.”
Saturday Night Live has skipped its cold open before, perhaps most memorably after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Then-New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani stood with a group of first responders at the start of the Sept. 28, 2001 broadcast, and then introduced Paul Simon, who played “The Boxer.”
The coordinated attacks across Paris on Friday night left at least 129 dead, including at least 89 at the Bataclan music venue, where American band Eagles of Death Metal were performing in front of a capacity crowd of 1,500 people.