In a touching tribute to his late mother, Lorna Colbert, on Wednesday night Stephen Colbert dedicated the opening segment of “The Colbert Report” to remembering her and saying goodbye.
“I’ve been away from the ‘Report’ for a week,” Colbert said, “because one week ago today, my mother, Lorna Tuck Colbert, died. And I want to thank everybody who offered their thoughts and prayers.”
He paused for a moment, overcome with emotion, then went on to say to viewers that if they enjoy the show, it’s because of all the people who work for “The Colbert Report.” “And I’m lucky to be one of them,” he said.
“But when you watch the show, if you like me,” he said, “that’s because of my mom. So before we start the show again, I’d like to tell you a little bit about her.”
He told the story of Lorna, born in 1920, “the same year that women got the right to vote.” She grew up, met and married Stephen Colbert’s father and had 11 children. Colbert described a house full of love and music and told how his mother, who trained as an actress, taught the kids how to do stage falls by pretending to faint on the kitchen floor.
“She was fun,” he said. “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 go on, but to love life without bitterness and to instill in all of us a gratitude for every day we have together.”
Watch the video, embedded below via Comedy Central: