How late-night hosts handled the Boston Marathon blasts

 

Police officers with their guns drawn hear the second explosion down the street. The first explosion knocked down a runner at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. Credit: Getty Images
Police officers with their guns drawn hear the second explosion down the street. The first explosion knocked down a runner at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. Credit: Getty Images

After any major, catastrophic event where we spend the entire day glued to following the news, we turn to late nigh television shows to provide some laughter.

While, as Jimmy Kimmel noted, it its their job “to make you laugh” on a daily basis, it would be insensitive to not address the the Boston Marathon blasts.

Of the four late-night shows that aired new episodes, three of the hosts addressed the bombings at the Boston Marathon, which killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, and injured more than 100. 

While Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and Conan O’Brien all addressed the event in a serious fashion, the blasts hit close to home for Conan.

“Boston’s my hometown. It’s where I grew up. It’s where my family lives,” he said. “Like everyone here, my thoughts and prayers are with Boston and every body who’s been affected by this senseless act.”

He channeled Kimmel in saying that it is his job to make his audience laugh, joking that there’s only a 20 percent chance he’ll actually make them laugh.

Ferguson’s monologue was profanity-filled, telling his viewers that the person or people responsible for such a senseless act of violence are “terrorists, not soldiers.”

A clearly distraught Ferguson went on to say that he cannot hide is rage, anger and distress from his audience.

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