June 20th, 2013
12:10 PM ET

Stephen Colbert gives touching tribute to mom

"Colbert Report" viewers were likely crying instead of laughing when they tuned in to Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night.

The Comedy Central host opened the episode with a frank and touching tribute to his late mother Lorna Colbert, honoring her following her death last week at the age of 92.

Colbert worked to maintain his composure as he explained to his audience that he'd been away for the past week due to his mom's passing.

"I want to thank everybody who offered their thoughts and prayers," he said. "If you watch this show, and you like this show, that's because of everybody that works here, and I'm lucky to be one of them. But when you watch the show, if you also like me, that's because of my mom."

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He went on to describe his mom's upbringing in Larchmont, New York, as photos of his mother in her younger years were shared on the screen. She met her future husband and father of her kids at age 12, Colbert said, noting that she must've driven him crazy "because they were married and promptly had 11 children."

"She made a very loving home for us. No fight between siblings could end without hugs and kisses, though hugs never needed a reason in her house. ... She was fun," Colbert recalled, pausing to recompose himself. "She 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 somehow go on but to love life without bitterness, and to instill in all of us a gratitude for every day we have together."

While it may sound "greedy" to crave more time with someone who lived to see 92, the fact that she had a long life "does not diminish but only magnifies the enormity of the room whose door has now quietly shut," Colbert said.

Closing out his tribute and preparing to switch over into his "Colbert Report" character, the host paused to remember an exchange he had with his mom last week.

"When I was leaving her, I leaned over and I said 'Mom, I'm going back to New York to do the show.' And she said, 'I can't wait to see it. I wouldn't miss it for the world.'"

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  1. Loki

    For a guy from a huge family ( 11 ) he sure likes to make fun of anti abortion people. Seem he was a great candidate for the waste basket.

    June 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justin Toym

    Stop sniveling over your dead mother. She probably hated you and your kooky ear. Try growing your hair longer. Maybe that will help. And ha ha on your creepy sister losing the election. Toooo baaaad

    June 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • glop

      sounds like a bunch of hateful inbreds who call themselves "christian" taking the time to write these nasty messages..

      July 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wsaijdsget45

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    June 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lord Toronaga

    EF U and your sleazy good for nothing, baby mill, mother. And go fix your mutant looking ear.

    June 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David j Tracy DJT

    My Condoleances on your Mothers Passing. Keep your Head up and keep the Comedy Coming Funny show Reporting.TEC ONE DJT.

    June 24, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. John Didavin

    according to healthy couples....tread your own path is a form of manipulation too make the other feel guilty

    June 23, 2013 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |

    June 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |


    June 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. On Roll=nah


    June 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. M.A.P.

    Step back trolls! I will defend Colbert with my life and turds!!!! UNtouchable!!!!

    June 22, 2013 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. MT

    who cares–heard.

    June 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |

    June 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. I sense tension here...

    June 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MedicalSuggestion


    June 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |


    June 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  16. i record his show every night on the Betamax...

    good times.

    June 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Goethe Forthe

    Who gives a rat's aorta what Colbert feels - the guy is such a phony this 'tribute' is probably just another of his endless attempts at being relevant. The whole premise of his TV persona is to mock patriotism and traditional values but when it finally hits home we're all supposed to pity this loser. No thanks. Hey Stephen! DON'T CARE.

    June 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL!!!

      "Mock patriotism and traditional values!" His whole persona is to mock the hypocrites who pretend or believe they are patriotic and uphold traditional values. Maybe you're one of those hypocrites, if you're offended by him.

      What a maroon!

      June 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      He used a few minutes of his very popular show to give a moving tribute to his late mother. I'm so glad you don't have the same opportunity. It would likely be the same whiny drivel that you posted here. Colbert definitely wins.

      June 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      You stupid idiot. What kind of name is Goethe Forthe anyway!? Boooooooooo!!!!!!!

      June 21, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • That idiot...

      probably thinks Goethe is pronounced "go-eth," and that's he's being clever by saying "go-eth forth." In reality, Goethe is pronounced more like "ger-tuh."

      June 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      It is pronounced go-eth. Just like his namesake, Amon Goeth.

      June 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. marcia

    just laugh at her she's so sad..

    June 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. it's not us either...

    June 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Lisa

    Beautifully done. His mom would've been proud!

    June 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |

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