This weekend’s night club shooting in Orlando was still fresh in everyone’s minds when America’s late-night hosts returned from their weekend break on Monday night. An emotional Jimmy Fallon addressed the events in his opening monologue on The Tonight Show.
“Maybe there’s a lesson in all this. A lesson in tolerance,” he said. “We need to support each other’s differences and worry less about our own opinions. Get back to debate, and away from believing or supporting the idea that if someone doesn’t live the way you want them to live, you just buy a gun and kill them. … We need to get back to being brave enough to accept that we have different opinions, and that’s okay, because that’s what America is built on. The idea that we can speak up and live our lives and not be punished for that, or mocked on the internet, or killed by someone you don’t know.”
Fallon also had some specific words for the Orlando community.
“When I think of Orlando, I think of nothing but fun and joy and families,” Fallon said. “If anyone can do it, you can. Keep loving each other, keep respecting each other, and keep on dancing.”
Watch the clip below.