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Colbert Gives Tearful, On-Air Eulogy To Mom

Colbert Gives Tearful, On-Air Eulogy To Mom

By JACKIE WILLIS

June 20, 2013

The Colbert Report is always good for a laugh, but on Wednesday night's episode, host Stephen Colbert had audiences grabbing for the tissues as he conducted a tearful, on-air tribute to his recently deceased mother Lorna.

Nearly breaking down several times throughout the eulogy (click HERE to view), Colbert, 49, explains that he couldn't start the show without mentioning his mom, who passed away this past week at age 92. "I wanna thank everybody who offered their thoughts and prayers. ...When you watch the show if you also like me, that's because of my mom."

Colbert did manage to get a few laughs in, revealing that his mother was called "snot grass" by her brother when she was younger, and that she drove her husband crazy by "promptly having 11 children."

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Nearly breaking down, Colbert said of Lorna, "She was fun. ...I know it may sound greedy to still want more days with a person who lived so long, but the fact that my mother was 92 does not diminish, it only magnifies the enormity of the room whose door has so quietly shut."

Colbert added that his mother told him before she passed that she wouldn't miss his show for the world, and so he went on to start The Colbert Report.

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