Because of yesterday being a Sunday, the majority of the TV community has not had an opportunity to just to appear on their shows and speak about what was a horrific weekend for mass violence in Central Florida. One of the first was “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen, who did have a broadcast on Sunday night and had the task of trying to find the right words to say to lead off the show during what had to be a difficult time.
At the beginning of his show, he made it clear that his heart went out to the victims of Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where fifty people were killed by an armed gunman. He also stood behind his fellow members of the LGBTQ community, and vowed to continue trying to make his show a worthy distraction:
“This month is Pride Month for the LGBT community, and as we’ve been so brutally reminded about today, it’s about more than parties and parades. It is also a celebration of our civil rights. There are people who wish that we did not exist, but we do, and it is with a great deal of pride that this gay American is going to try to put a smile on your face at the end of a sad day, in this clubhouse, where everyone is welcome and everyone is loved.”
We know it was an almost impossible task, but we certainly admire Cohen for being able to move forward with his show and provide that welcome distraction for so many people out there. It’s an incredibly difficult thing to do, especially when he had to be hurting so much himself.
As we’ve stated, our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone impacted by the attack in any way. Watch Cohen’s opening message below.