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Late-Night Hosts React To Boston Marathon Bombing

Late night hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien and Craig Ferguson addressed the Boston Marathon bombing in their Monday night monologue, calling the tragedy "senseless."

Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon were not scheduled to air a new episode.

"Very bad things happened today for no good reason," said Kimmel. "And our thoughts are with the people of Boston and everyone who is suffering as a result of the bombings at the marathon. It's a disgusting thing."

"I don't understand it. But my job is to make you laugh, so I will try to do that -- and I will probably fail. I'm failing already."

While O'Brien, who grew up in Boston, called it an "upsetting and sad day."

"I wanted to take a moment to say that -- like everybody here -- my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and everybody who has been affected by this absolutely senseless act," he said.

"That said -- it is our job to do a show. We're going to try and entertain you the very best we can -- which, given our track record, gives you people a 20 percent chance of having a good time tonight."

Craig Ferguson on the 'Late Late Show' didn't leave any doubt about how he felt either.

"Tonight's show is a little bit different," he said. "Obviously the news of today is so horrendous that it would seem insensitive at best to say, 'It's a great day for America,' so I won't be starting the show with that tonight. Is anyone else sick of this shit? I seem to have to say that too often."

"People say to me, 'Craig, your job is to make people laugh at the end of the day.' And I think, yes, that's true, but I've never professed to be any damn good at that."

"And, the thing is, people want their mind taken off it. And I think, well OK, if you want your mind taken off it, you know, watch a cartoon or a video or something. I understand it, it's perfectly acceptable. I don't think it's a terrible thing to not want to think about it, but I can't not think about it."

"I like that town," he said. "I'm appalled by this thing, and when I watch it on these streets that I know, it's horrifying. If I have all this inside of me, if I have all this rage and anger and distress and upset inside of me, I'm not a good enough comedian to hide all that from you."

April 16, 2013 |

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