Amanda Pendolino
June 20, 2013

Stephen Colbert Gives Touching Tribute to His Late Mother (VIDEO)

No jokes here: Stephen Colbert paid tribute to his late mother Lorna Tuck Colbert Wednesday night in a touching and thoughtful introduction to his show. (Warning: you may need tissues.)


“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 said, visibly emotional. “But when you watch the show and you also like me, that’s because of my mom.”

Lorna passed away one week ago at the age of 92. She was born in 1920, the same week women got the right to vote.

Stephen told the story of how his parents met: “She met my father, James, at age 12 at cotillion, and she liked him, but she didn’t want him to know how much,” Stephen said. “And evidently, she drove my father crazy because they married and had 11 children.”

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

Perhaps the most touching part of Stephen’s segment was his recollection of his last moment with her.

“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.'”

Stephen’s beautiful tribute is a reminder to all of us to stay connected to our loved ones while we can. Go call your mom!