While Jimmy Fallon may have chosen to go in a musical direction in his response to Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas, his late night compatriots all took time at the top of their shows to address the event by speaking directly to viewers.
Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Seth Meyers, Conan O'Brien and Stephen Colbert all took time to offer condolences to the incident in their opening monologues last night to audiences and it was Colbert who directed his feelings directly at President Trump, making a plea to him to do what he said he would in his campaign and be the "transformative" president he claimed would be.
Conan O'Brien took a different tack and called out the bizarre fact that late night hosts now have a ritual procedure for addressing mass shootings in their shows and why that alone needs to change, and be changed by stricter gun control.
Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and Seth Meyers looked to government leaders in Congress and the senators who vote on gun control issues and asked why the cycle of mass shootings repeats itself, with Corden explaining how, as a foreigner, he is baffled by the proliferation of guns in the US while Meyers called out the senators who say that "now is not the time" to talk about gun control after every shooting.
But it was a very emotional Jimmy Kimmel who, as a Las Vegas native, was most shaken by the events on Sunday night and dedicated almost ten minutes at the start of his show to the major gun violence problem that exists in the US, calling out the senators who are in the pocket of the NRA and pleading for common sense and action from elected officials to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
"I want this to be a comedy show! I hate talking about stuff like this," he said. "It feels like someone has opened a window into hell."