Stephen Colbert at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, January 31 2010.
(CBS NEWS) -- Stephen Colbert returned to "The Colbert Report" on Wednesday night
after a hiatus following the death of his mother, Lorna Colbert, who died last week at the age of 92.
starting the show, Colbert delivered an emotional, heartfelt tribute to
the mother of 11, telling the audience, "If you watch this show and you
also like me, that's because of my mom."
"She made a
very loving home for us," he recalled. "No fight between siblings could
end without hugs and kisses, though hugs never needed a reason in her
house. Singing and dancing were encouraged, except at the dinner table.
She had trained as an actress when she was younger and she would teach
us how to do stage falls by pretending to faint on the kitchen floor."
spoke of her coping with tremendous tragedy, losing a brother, husband
and three sons. But, he added, "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 us a gratitude for every day we
Fair warning: Watching the man (Colbert
himself, not his "Colbert Report" character) remember his mother may
move you to tears, or make you want to call your own mother, or both.
Watch it below: