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John Oliver on Orlando shooting: 'This just hurts'

Before "jarringly inappropriate, jangly music" started off Sunday's edition of the HBO program "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver opened on a serious note, paying tribute to those killed in an attack on a gay night club in Orlando.

Oliver noted that the attack had a familiar quality, drawing comparisons to a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last November. Those attacks, Oliver said, struck “places symbolizing everything that is wonderful about France – culture, music, restaurants" in the same way that Sunday's attacks struck at the heart of what it means to be an American.

“In Orlando early this morning, a gunman attacked a Latin night at a gay club in the theme park capital of the world," Oliver said. "And for the record, I will happily embrace a Latin night at a gay club in the theme park capital of the world as the ultimate symbol of what is truly wonderful about America.”

Oliver noted that the attack didn't go unanswered, showing video posted to Twitter of hundreds of Floridians lining up to give blood.

"And now," Oliver concluded, "please enjoy our stupid show."

Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›