Colbert explained on the show his last week’s absence and somehow managed to hold back his tears while telling the audience about his mother’s life, childhood, faith and love for her kids.
“I know that it may sound greedy to want more days with a person who lived so long,” Colbert said.“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.”
Colbert later added:
“Her favorite memory of prayer was a young mother tucking in her children,”. “We were the light of her life, and she let us know it until the end. And that's it. Thank you for listening.”
Here’s what people had to say about his moving message:
Wow. What a courageous speech. Just as you think hes gonna breakdown he takes a breath and regains his composure. What a great character inspired by a great momma. RIP.
I watched it live, and it was really hard to watch, especially without the warning before hand (ie title). But man, the second he started to choke up I felt my throat become dry and the first thought was: "I have to call my mom".
I thought it was impossible for me to be a bigger fan of Colbert.
I was so wrong.
It's amazing how he's able to keep his composure... I don't think I'd be able to at all, forget about while talking about my own mother's death. he's certainly a much stronger man than I
My dad died from a heart attack a few weeks ago. Giving that damn speech at the funeral was one of the most emotionally raw and painful things I've ever done. I couldn't imagine doing it on live TV.
Make sure to call your parents and tell them you love them folks. I didn't do it near enough and now I can't.
Damn, I'm going to call my mom.
I saw this tonight and was shocked by it, I had never seen Colbert behave like that, but the way he spoke and told that story showed how truly close he was with his mom. Real and heartwarming/breaking. A very classy was to handle the situation. I had never seen his opening animation played totally silently though.
Colbert’s tribute to his late mother makes you teary eyed.