Show host Conan O'Brien and his wife, Liza Powell, arrive at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles
Show host Conan O'Brien and his wife, Liza Powell, arrive at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Among the Hollywood comedians who have condemned the Charlie Hebdo massacre was Conan O'Brien, who himself served as the president of the undergraduate humour publication "Harvard Lampoon" while attending Harvard University.

In the opening monologue of his TBS late night show “Conan” on the Jan. 7, Wednesday, O’Brien says that the tragic story of the shooting that took place at the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris “really hits home for anyone who, day in and day out, mocks political, social, and religious figures.”

O’Brien points out that in America, people take it for granted that it their right to “poke fun at the untouchable or the secret.” This right, he adds, is something that some people are bizarrely coerced to die for, as very viscerally reminded by the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

“All of us are terribly sad for the families of those victims, for the people of France,” says O’Brien. He finishes his opening monologue explaining that no one in the world tonight should be forced to think twice before making a joke after the terror attack in France.

In the afternoon of Jan. 9, Friday, two extreme standoffs with gunmen took place in and around Paris. One of the standoffs involved the two brothers suspected for the Charlie Hebdo massacre while the other is a hostage crisis at a kosher grocery store, CNN reported. It is yet to be confirmed by the authorities whether or not the two standoffs are related.

Watch O’Brien’s statement about the Charlie Hebdo massacre here:

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