The Colbert Report returned Wednesday night after abruptly halting production for a few days due to the passing of Stephen Colbert’s mother, Lorna Colbert. The host opened his first show back without his usual bravado, taking a rare moment out of character to share a little bit about his mother’s life with the audience.
“If you watch this show, and you like this show, that’s because of everybody who works here and I’m lucky to be one of them. But when you watch this show, if you also like me, that’s because of my mom,” Colbert said tearfully.
While old photographs of her were shown on the screen, Colbert talked about his mother’s childhood, how she met her husband and what she was like as the mother of 11 children. Despite facing tragedy (her husband and two of her sons died in a plane crash in 1974), “her love for her family and her faith in God somehow gave her the strength not only to go on but to love life without bitterness,” Colbert said.
Colbert had previously taken time off the show in February 2012 when his mother had fallen ill. At the end of his moving tribute, he said, “Now we can back to the truly important work of television broadcasting, which is what she would want me to do.”
Watch the entire heartfelt clip below, but be warned: you may shed a tear or two.
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