Stephen Colbert opened "The Late Show" Tuesday on a somber, yet hopeful note while addressing his fellow New Yorkers hours after the deadliest terror attack the city has seen since 9/11.
"Good evening. Shortly before we began taping tonight's show, we learned about the horrific events here in New York City. It appears a terrorist has attacked innocent citizens in lower Manhattan," Colbert said. "All of our hearts -- all of our broken hearts -- go out to everyone affected."
"And to all those who live and work in this great city," he continued, "tomorrow and the next day, New Yorkers will wake up to new details about what happened, but tomorrow and the next day, New Yorkers will also wake up and keep going because in an uncertain world, one thing is for sure: New Yorkers will never live in fear."
Tuesday afternoon, not far from the World Trade Center, a man drove a rented Home Depot truck the wrong way down a bike path in lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring 11 others. According to officials, the driver collided with a school bus and exited the vehicle holding two firearms before police shot him, took him into custody and transported him to a hospital to treat his wounds. Witnesses at the scene said they heard the man yelling "Allahu Akbar," an Islamic phrase meaning "Allah is Greater."
Josh Groban, a singer and actor, was in New York when the attack took place, tweeting from the scene: "Oh my god I just heard gun shots and ran with my dog. Downtown. F-ck. I hope everyone's ok. Was half a block from me, didn't see it but heard 8-10 quick rounds fired off. Be safe with your kids out there. I'm shaking. That's the corner I was supposed to have my coffee but my dog pulled me into the park half a block away 10 min before shooting. Once I got far enough away I took this video of the quick response from our amazing NYPD and NYFD. Devastated for the victims and their families tonight & inspired by the spirit of this city. Sirens and trick or treaters everywhere."
See more of Hollywood's earliest reactions to the news here.