Late night shows react to Boston Marathon explosion

Conan, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel took a break from entertainment to address the bombing

By Prachi Gupta

Published April 16, 2013 1:30PM (EDT)

The Boston Marathon explosion, which has been described like "a war zone" by the media, continues to weigh on the minds of Americans as officials search for answers. Last night, late night show hosts faced the unenviable challenge of attempting to distract Americans from the tragedy while still remaining sensitive to the horrific events that transpired only hours earlier.

Conan O'Brien, who is from Boston, reacted to the news by expressing his heartfelt concern, saying, "Boston's my hometown. It's where I grew up. It's where my family lives."

"Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson delivered an emotional rant at the opening of his show, saying, "Is anybody else sick of this [bleep]? I seem to have to say that too often."

Jimmy Kimmel also addressed the tragedy with a touch of self-deprecating humor: "It's a disgusting thing, I don't understand it, but my job is to make you laugh and so I will try to make you do that. I will probably fail. I am failing already."

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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