On Monday, talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman spoke about the Newtown Massacre and offered their sympathy in lieu of their usual comedic monologue.
They both commended President Obama’s remarks at the prayer service in Newtown, CT last Sunday and offered their deepest sympathy to the victims’ family and friends.
The Daily Mail quoted a saddened Letterman, “Since 1994, there have been 70- and these are just school shootings- there have been 70, 70 episodes of school shootings in the United States since 1994. And we don’t have all of them here, and these are limited to schools. We didn’t look for other crimes . . . and there are several infamous shootings now. And you think about, good Lord, really? Should there be that many? . . . I would have thought, hopefully, once a year would be too many wouldn’t it?”
Letterman spoke about the tragedy from the perspective of a parent. He asked, “What? Are we supposed to be worried about dropping our kids off at school now? I never worried about it before, I always thought, well, school is a good place where my son will be free of the idiot decisions made by his father.”
ABC Host Kimmel began his monologue with an expression of heartfelt sympathy for Newtown and the 20 children and 6 six staff members who lost their lives during the shooting on Friday. He was visibly shaken during his monologue and had difficulty finishing all of his comments as his voice choked at the beginning of the show.
Both hosts ended their monologues by praising Obama for his handling of the aftermath and his appearance at the prayer service in Newtown last Sunday night. During the memorial service, Obama said he would “use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens- from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators- in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this.”