Stephen Colbert returned to his show on Wednesday night, opening with a heartfelt tribute to his mother Lorna Colbert, who recently passed away at the age of 92. Sharing stories, a visibly emotional Colbert honored her and the impact she had on him and his family — painting a picture of a loving and fun mom.
“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,” he told viewers. “But when you watch the show, if you also like me, that’s because of my mom.”
Before getting into the show, Colbert shared stories — with a touch of humor — about his mother’s upbringing, how she met his father, and eventually had children. “She made a loving home for us,” he said, but also knew more than her share of tragedy, “losing her brother and her husband and three of her sons. But 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.”
Wanting more days with her may sound greedy, Colbert continued, “but the fact that my mother was 92 does not diminish, it only magnifies the enormity of the room whose door has now quietly shut.”
Colbert shared an especially touching story about his mother’s dedication to her children. Getting back to the show is what his mother would want, he said. “I can’t wait to see it,” she told Colbert when he left for New York. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
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