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Stephen Colbert pays tearful tribute to late mother (Video)

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06/20/2013 by Nichole Hamilton

Stephen Colbert put the funny on hold and opened up to the audience on the June 19 episode of "The Colbert Report."

The 49-year-old personality, who often offers his sarcastic (and hilarious) commentary on politics and current events, delivered a sincere and emotional tribute to his late mother on the Wednesday episode of the Comedy Central show.

"I've been away from the Report for a week because one week ago from today, my mother Lorna Tuck Colbert died. And I want to thank everybody who offered their thoughts and prayers," he said, with a noticeably serious demeanor.

"When you watch the show, if you like this show, that's because of everybody who works here, and I'm lucky to be one of them," he continued. "But when you watch the show and you also like me, that's because of my mom. So before we start the show again, I'd like to tell you a little bit about her."

The late night host, who is also known for his work on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," went on to tell the heartfelt story of how his mother -- who passed away on June 12 at age 92 -- met his late father.

"She met my father James at age 12 at cotillion and she liked him, but she didn't want him to know how much, so she would make her friends ride their bikes all the way across town to pass by his house, but then she'd never look to see if he was in the front yard, which of course drove her friends crazy," he said. "And evidently, she drove my father crazy because they married and promptly had 11 children."

"She made a very loving home for us," he continued. "No fight between siblings could end without hugs and kisses, although hugs never needed a reason in her house."

Colbert was just a child when his father and two of his older brothers were killed in a plane crash. The host went on to talk about his mother's strength, commenting that she endured a fair share of loss.

"She knew more than her share of tragedy, losing her brother and her husband and three of her sons," he said. "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 instill in all of us a gratitude for every day we have together."

"We were the light of her life, and she let us know it 'till the end," he said." And that's it. Thank you for listening."

Colbert went on to wrap up his memorial, saying that returning to the show "is what she would want me to do."

"When I was leaving her last week, I leaned over and I said, 'Mom, I'm going back to New York to do the show,' and she said, 'I can't wait to see it. I wouldn't miss it for the world.'"

The television host went on to take a deep breath and begin his show in the regular fashion, looking at the camera and saying: "This is 'The Colbert Report.'"

Check out the video of his heartfelt tribute below.

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