Marathon tragedy hits close to home for Boston natives

”Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
”Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

Even under these circumstances, the show must go on, says “Dancing With the Stars” host Tom Bergeron. Tearfully, the Haverhill native told the TV show “Extra” that his wife and daughter were both in downtown Boston Monday when the bombs detonated.

“It was the hardest show I have ever done,” he said about Monday’s show. “[My wife] was the one that texted me first to let me know what was going on. She was in lockdown in a hotel. . . . I worked in Boston for years, I know how valuable that marathon is, that last mile was dedicated to the families of Newtown. . . . We love you, Boston.”

(Needham native and gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman, who’s competing on “DWTS,” said she’d been asked to be grand marshal of the Boston Marathon.)

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Brookline native Conan O’Brien also found it difficult to carry on after the tragedy. He began his TBS talk show Monday by saying his thoughts were with everyone affected by “this absolutely senseless act.” Then he paused.

“That said, it is our job to do a show. We’re gonna try to entertain you the very best we can, which given our track record gives you people a 20 percent chance of having a good show tonight.”

Meanwhile, Howard Stern told listeners of his Sirius XM Radio show that he feels a special connection to Boston.

“I love Boston. I went to school in Boston . . . Boston University,” Stern said on “The Howard Stern Show” Tuesday morning. “I don’t know why, I just never think of Boston being the victims of some kind of act like this. But we are not safe anywhere. There are maniacs running around in our midst. Really, this kind of thing can happen every day, in any city. It’s just awful. I’m so sorry for everyone who was involved.”

And then there’s Craig Ferguson, the Scottish-born host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show.” Ferguson isn’t from Boston, but, as he explained on Monday’s show, he’s likes this town. At the invitation of “Tommy Menino,” Ferguson said he spoke at Faneuil Hall after becoming an American citizen in 2008; he has several times hosted the Boston Pops’s July Fourth festivities on the Esplanade; he recorded his first stand-up show in America in Boston; and “every cop in Boston looks like I’m his brother.”

So Ferguson was in no mood to make jokes after what happened on Boylston Street.

“If I have all of this inside of me,” he said. “If I have all of this rage and anger and distress and upset inside of me, I’m not a good enough comedian to hide that from you.”