O’Brien arrived at work on Monday morning and the show’s head writer handed him a file containing the remarks he gave following the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 and the 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The writer then suggested that O’Brien review his prior comments before responding to the shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 58 people dead, plus the gunman, and 500 injured.
“That struck me,” O’Brien said. “How could there be a file of mass shooting remarks for a late-night host? When did that become normal? When did this become a ritual? And what does it say about us that it has?”
Watch O’Brien’s full response in the video above.