After the news, late-night talk shows are television's most topical forum. We turn there for the satirical distance and perspective that might allow us to process the day and get to sleep – for laughs when laughter is appropriate, but also for a thoughtful response when events go beyond ordinary human folly to the terrible and unthinkable.
Monday's suicide bombing after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, was on the minds of some late-night hosts Tuesday night.
"There's really nothing you can say that can approach the shock and the grief of the victims and their families," said Stephen Colbert on "Late Show," asking his audience to go online to hear what his CBS colleague James Corden, who follows him on "The Late Late Show," had to say the night before.
Lucian Grainge of Universal Music Group sent a company-wide memo Tuesday, calling it "a day of remembrance" of victims of the suicide attack in Manchester, England, and acknowledging that emotions were raw.
"[W]e grieve for all of those lost there, offering our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones," said the chief executive of UMG, parent company of Ariana Grande's recording label Republic, in a note obtained by Variety.
Twenty-two people, one only 8 years old, were killed Monday night and at least 59 were hurt when a bomb exploded as Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena was ending.
Ariana Grande reportedly returned home to Florida on Tuesday after the bombing outside her Manchester, England, concert that left 22 dead and at least 59 injured.
As they exited a private plane, Grande, her mom and her dog were met on the tarmac in Boca Raton, E! News said, by family members and rapper Mac Miller, whom the 23-year-old has been dating since last summer. Miller gave Grande a long hug and a kiss, a source told E!
"It was a very emotional reunion and they stood talking for a minute before getting into the car," the source said. "Ariana looked exhausted and like she didn't get much sleep."
Kind, warm, witty — "the have a drink with me & hash it out" 007. Roger Moore, who died at 89 after a short battle with cancer, was remembered Tuesday on social media by friends, fans and, of course, Aston Martin, whose cars have been a James Bond staple.
"Oh no. As if today wasn't already sad enough," Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter, presumably referring to the Monday night bombing at Manchester Arena in Britain. "RIP Sir Roger Moore, 89. A wonderful actor & lovely man."
As Cannes Film Festival attendees carried on their work with a heavy heart Tuesday, the Manchester bombing has also had an effect on at least one studio's marketing plans.
Focus Features has decided to postpone the trailer launch of "Victoria and Abdul" -- a fact-based drama about a Muslim Indian immigrant to England who becomes a close confidante to Queen Victoria -- in the wake of the attack.
The Universal subsidiary was set to release a tease to the poster Tuesday and a video trailer Wednesday.
James Corden reached out to Manchester, England, lon Monday night after taping "The Late Late Show," calling the city "a place full of comedies and curries and character."
Nothing but serious, Corden said: "When I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there, and I'm telling you, a more tightknit group of people you will be hard-pressed to find. Strong, proud, caring people with community at its core."
He predicted the people of Manchester would become even stronger after the bombing, which police say was carried out by a lone male bomber who died at the scene. ISIS has claimed responsibility.
At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the 70th Festival de Cannes observed a moment of silence in solidarity with the victims of Monday night’s terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.
Earlier that morning, the festival had issued a news release expressing “its horror, anger and immense sadness,” and described the incident as “yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom, generosity and tolerance, all things that the Festival and those who make it possible — the artists, professionals and spectators — hold dear.”
With that statement came the implicit acknowledgment that such an attack could, of course, happen here in Cannes. Not that anyone needed reminding, in light of the heightened security measures up and down the Croisette: the constant presence of armed police officers, the large planters lining the streets to protect against a vehicular attack, and the metal detectors set up at every entrance to the Palais des Festivals.