American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor, Stephen Colbert has paid an emotional tribute to his mother on his show The Colbert Report. Colbert could barely hold back the tears as he remembered how his late mother made his life such a great one.
Colbert said, "If you watch this show and you also like me, that's because of my mom. She made a very loving home for us. No fight between siblings could end without hugs and kisses, though hugs never needed a reason in her house. Singing and dancing were encouraged, except at the dinner table. She had trained as an actress when she was younger and she would teach us how to do stage falls by pretending to faint on the kitchen floor."
He added, "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 to instill in us a gratitude for every day we have together. Her favorite memory of prayer was as a young mother tucking in her children. We were the light of her life and she let us know it to the end. When I was leaving her last week, I leaned over and said, 'Mom, I'm going back to do the show.' And she said, 'I can't wait to see it. I wouldn't miss it for the world.'"
Stephen Colbert's mother died last week at the age of 92. Stephen credits his mother for helping him to have such a hugely successful career, which has seen him as an understudy to Steve Carell in his younger days, while also writing and performing in the Dana Carvey Show, to mention just a few of the things that he has done in his long career. We would like to offer Stephen Colbert and his family our condolences.