Ken Tucker
July 21, 2012 AT 01:26 PM EDT

Last night, the late-night hosts were faced with the question of whether or not to address the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. It’s always a tricky business for entertainers who exist to be — in a word used by both Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson — silly, but each finds a different solution.

Jay Leno prefaced his monologue with brief remarks expressing his sympathy to the victims and their families, saying that his responsibility was to make people laugh at the end of the day. Jimmy Fallon chose not to address the subject.

(David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel had already scheduled reruns.)

Craig Ferguson, however, recorded a new opening for a Friday-night Late Late Show show that, as is a common practice for late-night shows, had been taped on Thursday. Ferguson explained that he was snipping off the monologue he’d recorded, because it was mostly about Batman. He added that he did not want to “add my rage and despair” over the Aurora horror. Here’s what he said:

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