If there is one person that has formed a tradition of combining a bit of heart with humor in late-night television, it’s Craig Ferguson. The host has spoken ou frequently on “The Late Late Show” about some of his own struggles with drinking and personal problems, and has not been afraid to get serious at times when the occasion calls for it.
One of those such occasions was on Friday night, when the host actually changed the entire beginning of his show to share his thoughts and sympathies to those out there suffering following the tragic shooting that happened in Aurora, Colorado early Friday morning during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Like many other late-night shows, Ferguson explained that “The Late Late Show” is actually filmed in front of a live audience the day before, and he said that the initial monologue he created was one that joked about Batman, the new movie, and some other topics related to that. Due to this, he said that it simply did not feel appropriate for him to air that show in is entirety following such an extensive tragedy.
The remainder of Ferguson’s show Friday night stayed the same, as he said that it was designed to offer up a bit of fun and a few laughs in the midst of what is surely a tough time for many out there. His new introduction was filmed without an audience present, or without any of the frills (few as they are) that typically appear on an episode of Ferguson’s show.
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