Late-night hosts announce plans to discuss Capitol violence

James Corden is one of the late-night TV hosts setting aside the laughs and striking a serious tone on his show in the wake of the riots inside and around the Capitol.

The CBS "Late Late Show" host delivered a sobering monologue on Wednesday, hours after a mob of President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE supporters swarmed the Capitol to protest the Electoral College vote to certify President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE's win.

"What a crazy, sad day. A day that will go down as a dark one in the long history of America," the British-born TV personality told viewers in a preview clip posted on Twitter.


"As an outsider growing up in England, I used to look to America as this beacon of light and possibility," Corden, 42, continued.

While lamenting the day's events, Corden said he remained optimistic. The America that so many people admire, he said, "still exists."

"The America that so many aspire to will be back," he said, before condemning President Trump.

"It's just been hijacked by a lunatic and his crazy army for the last four years. But that's about to end," Corden said. "Because in two weeks, on those same steps where that mob fought and pushed past police, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the president of the United States."

Soon, Corden said, "Donald Trump, his children, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani again suspended from YouTube over false election claims Sacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Biden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug MORE — they're all going to need a tourist's pass to get in."

"Today was their last dance at the worst party any of us have ever been to. So if you can, have hope," he said.


"Change is coming," he added in the preview clip. "I really do believe that there are better times ahead."

Corden isn't the only comedian who planned to address the violent scenes at the Capitol.

Both CBS "Late Show" host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertWithout Trump, late-night 'comedy' becomes even more insufferable Dolly Parton says she turned down medal from Trump administration twice Jon Stewart joins Twitter, defends Reddit GameStop traders MORE and NBC's "Late Night" host Seth Meyers said Wednesday they were poised to air live. Colbert tweeted, "The Late Show will be LIVE tonight. And hopefully, so will democracy."

Colbert's guests for the evening were set to include Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharAlarming threat prompts early exit, underscoring security fears Raimondo has won confirmation, but the fight to restrict export technology to China continues Pentagon prevented immediate response to mob, says Guard chief MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerRepublicans, please save your party House GOP campaign chief: Not helpful for Trump to meddle in primaries Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump MORE (R-Ill.).