Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart pay tribute to Charlie Hebdo victims

By: | Updated: January 8, 2015 4:29 PM

Late night hosts Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart opened their segments by paying tribute to the victims of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

paris attack, paris news, paris shooting, charlie hebdoA painting of the ‘Marianne’, the national symbol of the French Republic is placed between candles to commemorate the victims killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in front of the French Embassy in Berlin, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. (AP)

Late night hosts Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart opened their segments by paying tribute to the victims of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

At least 12 staffers at the headquarters of the French satirical weekly were killed on Wednesday in Paris during an attack by gunmen wearing hoods who also shouted Islamic phrases.

“In this country, we take it for granted it’s our right to poke fun at the untouchable or the sacred, but today’s tragedy in Paris reminds us, very viscerally, that it’s a right some people are forced to die for,” said O’Brien during this evening’s broadcast of ‘Conan’ on TBS.

paris attack, paris news, paris shooting, charlie hebdoFrench soldiers patrol near the Louvre Museum in Paris as part of the highest level of “Vigipirate” security plan January 8, 2015 the day after a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo. (Reuters)

Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’ at Comedy Central also paid his tribute to the staff of the weekly satirical newspaper while denouncing the acts.

“Our hearts are with the staff of Charlie Hebdo and their families tonight. We know very few people who go into comedy as an act of courage. “Our goal tonight is not to make sense of this, because there is no sense to be made of it. Our goal is to keep going.” The Directors Guild of America also slammed the attackers while paying tribute to the murdered staff at the magazine office.

“The Directors Guild of America stands in solidarity with the families of the victims, the people of France and citizens around the world who will not be cowed by extremists seeking to undermine our inalienable right to the free and open expression of ideas,” the guild said.  

paris attack, paris news, paris shooting, charlie hebdoSupporters of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, carrying placards reading “I am Charlie”, stage a silent protest outside the Foreign Correspondent Club in Hong Kong January 8, 2015. (Reuters)

“This despicable act will not silence the millions of journalists, artists and filmmakers who will continue to speak their mind, share their ideas and promote freedom of speech.”

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