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Ferguson talks about marathon explosion on 'Late, Late Show'

April 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson said during his "Late, Late Show" monologue in Los Angeles Monday he was appalled by the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

"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," he said of his traditional greeting.

"Is anyone else sick of this [expletive?] 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.

"Also, I have a personal connection with the city of Boston," Ferguson added. "I have some history there. I have family there. When I became an American citizen in 2008, I spoke at Faneuil Hall on July 4, at the invitation of Tommy Menino who is the mayor of Boston, and one of the more colorful characters in American politics... I've been there for the Fourth of July many times ... and every cop in Boston looks like I'm his brother ... My first stand-up special in America, I shot it in Boston. I like that town. I'm appalled by this thing and when I watch it on these streets that I know, it's horrifying."

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