Colbert returns with sentimental shout-out to mom

By Roxanne Cooper
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 1:23 EDT
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As promised, Stephen Colbert returned to the airwaves Monday night.

Colbert began the edition of The Colbert Report by poking fun at last week’s media frenzy regarding his sudden leave-of-absence to attend to a family emergency.

“Hi. How ya been? Before we start the broadcast tonight, I just want to address my recent absence from the national conversation,” Colbert said. “As the hub around which the Republic turns, I can understand why the machinery of this great nation ground to a halt last week while you were denied this.”

He then addressed some of the “wild rumors” surrounding last week’s absence, including speculation that he was about to announce a run for the White House. Ending the segment with a special shout-out to his mother Lorna, Colbert said, “Evidently, having eleven children makes you tough as nails.”

Watch the full segment below, uploaded by Mediaite on February 21, 2012:

Roxanne Cooper
Roxanne Cooper is the publisher of Raw Story. She has 20+ years experience in media management, marketing, and advertising and has held positions with AlterNet, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, LA Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Stars & Stripes. From 2004-2008, Roxanne published the popular political blog Rox Populi. She lives in San Francisco and you can follow her on Twitter at @AlterRox.
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