WATCH: Stephen Colbert Pays Tribute to His Late Mother

Lorna Tuck Colbert died on June 12 at the age of 92

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On Thursday night, Stephen Colbert broke character on The Colbert Report to honor his mother, who passed away last week at the age of 92. Viewers were greeted by a somewhat more muted Colbert, who paid tribute to his late mother for four minutes in the opening moments of last night’s show. Colbert had recently taken a brief hiatus due to the passing of his mother.

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The comedian best known for his punditry spoke fondly of Lorna Tuck Colbert, who was born in Larchmont, New York and had eleven children with Colbert’s father. Holding back tears, he spoke of his mother’s life and how she had managed to endure the death of her husband, brother and three of her sons without ever becoming bitter about the tragedies. “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 instill in all of us a gratitude for every day we have together,” Colbert said.

In a particularly poignant moment, he mentioned his mother’s ensuing struggles toward the end of her life. Despite confusion that made it difficult to recall things like her favorite color, Colbert’s mother never forgot the prayer that she used to tuck her children in.

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It’s not the first time Colbert has brought up his mother on the show. In February 2012, Colbert thanked his mother on the show. “[My mother’s] probably sipping on a bourbon and water, and she deserves it. She raised 11 kids. The woman is a saint.”

In his tribute to his Mom on Wednesday, he added, “I know it may sound greedy to want more days with a person who lived so long … but the fact that my mother was 92 … only magnifies the enormity of the room whose door has now quietly shut.”


He did a great job of keeping that out of news outlets, which would have intruded on his family's privacy. I wish the Colbert family peace in their hearts and in the knowledge that she is reunited with those who left them early on and whom she must have missed every day of her life. I for one know I will never outgrow my need for my mother. Condolences.

tlc5300 1 Like

I'm so deeply moved by him. I grew up in an Irish Catholic family where the center of attention was my dad. He scared the hell out of nine kids, but mom was a star. She actually could kiss a hurt and make it go away. When my dad passed away it was sad but we accepted it. Yet, when my mom passed, I started crying , something I hadn't done in years.  There are certain people on this planet that give way more than they receive and never complain. Mr Colbert deeply moving speech remiunds us of how lucky we are to have great moms. I hate the expression but "Thanks...bigtime..for sharing. She sounds like a gift from G-d.

hnygirl979 1 Like

I watched his show on TV today.  What a beautiful and touching moment.