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Dancing With the Stars Backstage: Aly Raisman and Tom Bergeron Talk Boston Marathon Tragedy

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After an unspeakable tragedy like yesterday's bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, how does someone like Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron stand by the old adage: "The show must go on"?

"It's been a very strange day because I'm about this close to crying," he tells E! News. "And to do the show, too, to get into that head [space], was very strange."

It was a strange situation for all the contestants, but especially for Aly Raisman, who revealed to us that she was scheduled to be at the marathon yesterday.

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"I was actually supposed to be there for the Grand Marshall at the Boston Marathon," she tells us. "So I guess it's a blessing in disguise that I'm still here."

Meanwhile, Maksim Chmerkovskiy returned to DWTS last night after a semi-scandalous exit that fueled rumors of tension behind the scenes between him and the show. But he insists that he was more than happy to come back when the producers asked.

"It's been interesting to just sit back and watch everybody talk about this, and kind of speculate what really happened, what this was all about," Chmerkovskiy tells us. "It was funny to watch some people say he was fired, other people say he quit, which neither one is true. But certain relationships are staying behind closed doors, and this is family, you know? Aside from Val, this is my family."

To get more backstage scoop from the DWTS cast, including Maksim Chmerkovskiy spilling on his big return, watch our exclusive interviews below!

See more from this season's cast of DWTS on tonight's E! News at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

—Reporting by Will Marfuggi

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