Political satirist Stephen Colbert, who grew up in Charleston and still has a home here, returned to his post on the anchor desk at Comedy Central's “The Colbert Report” Wednesday, one week to the day after his mother, Lorna, died at the age of 92.
Choking back tears, the comedian delivered a moving tribute to his mother before getting on with the show.
At least one unauthorized video of the segment was posted on YouTube, but the Comedy Central network has posted an authorized version here.
Colbert opens the show by acknowledging his mother's passing and thanking all who prayed for him and sent condolences.
“When you watch the show, if you also like me, that's because of my mom,” Colbert said before showing a photo montage of his mother and family.
“It may sound greedy to 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 now quietly shut.”
Lorna Tuck Colbert's obituary was published in the June 14 edition of the newspaper and is available online here.