Prince Honored on Late-Night TV Shows of Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Others
As fans and supporters of Prince around the globe express their sorrow about his recent death, hosts of late night shows also offered their tribute to the iconic artist which includes Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon and Trevor Noah.
Although Conan of TBS as well as Fallon and Seth Meyers of NBC were on a break for this week, they shared some of their fond memories of the musician. Meanwhile, Colbert of CBS uttered a few words about Prince and even changed the color of the set to purple to honor him.
"I have been a fan since I was in high school," said Colbert, according to Billboard. "I remember a guy in my choir, Skipper Graham, brought in the very first Prince album into our choir room, and there was so many things to love about it. Obviously the music was so powerful, and also we had to wear the headphones so the adults could not hear the lyrics to any of the songs."
Aside from Colbert, he also allowed his bandleader Jon Batiste to share some of his memories with Prince since he had the opportunity to work with the star.
"He had a huge aura. His energy and presence in a room just filled everybody’s hearts," Batiste said as he recalled a certain moment backstage with Prince. "He had a certain way of being aware of what was going on." Batiste shared his story about how Prince stopped a fan from filming him simply by pointing and saying "courtesy."
On the The Late Late Show, James Corden expressed how unique Prince is as an artist saying that he "stands alone" and is "original." He even quoted lines from the star's hit song "Sometimes it Snows in April" which says, "Sometimes I wish life was never-ending, but all good things, they say, never last."
"At times like this, it's easy to feel incredibly sad. But I feel like today is about celebrating the incredible life that he led and the brilliant songs that he gave us," Corden said, according to CBS News. "What a thing to have been alive when Prince was making music. We are all incredibly lucky. We will miss you, Prince. You are truly one of a kind."
On ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, songs from Prince were played by his band as he also talked about news of the day including one tribute from CNN anchor, Wolf Blitzer, who incorrectly named a hit song of Prince as "Purple Haze," NY Daily News reported.
Trevor Noah of Comedy Central's The Daily Show ended the episode by saying that we have "lost more than just a man. We lost an icon. We lost a leader. We lost in many aspects a genre in itself. Prince, we'll always remember. We will always love you. Your music changed our lives and I think it will continue to do that." The show's Moment of Zen was then dedicated to Prince wherein his video performing "Reflection" on MTV Unplugged was aired.