Conan O’Brien opened up his late night talk show Wednesday with a few words about the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris, France.
“As many of you know, there was a terrible tragedy in France today. Twelve people were killed because a satirical newspaper made jokes that some group found offensive. Now obviously everyone here, all of us are accustomed to bad news from around the world. But this story really hits home for anyone who day in and day out mocks political, social and religious figures. In this country, we just take it for granted that it is our right to poke fun at the untouchable. But today’s tragedy in Paris reminds us, very viscerally, that it is a right that some people are inexplicably forced to die for. So it is very important tonight that I express that everybody who works at our comedy show — and believe it or not, this is a comedy show, that is what we are trying to do here — all of us are terribly sad for the families of those victims, for the people of France and for anyone in the world tonight who now has to think twice before making a joke. It is not the way it is supposed to be.”
CONAN airs weeknights at 11:00 PM ET on TBS.
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