James Corden opened the Tony Awards ceremony tonight with comments about this morning’s shooting death of 50 at a gay nightclub in Orlando. It is the worst mass shooting in this country’s history. New York-born Omar Mateen, 29, carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2 AM, shooting more than 100 people. During a three-hour standoff, Mateen called 911, pledged allegiance to ISIS, and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers.
“Theater is a place there ever race, every creed, every sexuality is equal, embraced and is loved. Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and celebration of that principle. This is the Tony Awards.”