Even though Stephen Colbert has made himself known on TV as an over-the-top satirical figure — one known for mocking pundits and cowering in fear of bears — in real life, the comedian is actually fairly quiet and down-to-earth. He is the youngest of 11 children, has a history of teaching Sunday school, and rarely ever chooses to actually address his personal life in any capacity.
On “The Colbert Report” Monday night, Stephen actually did make a rare exception to address a story that had played out in the headlines for much of the past week — him being forced to cancel two tapings for the first time since the show’s inception in order to deal with a personal crisis. Colbert spoofed some of the speculation over his absence on the show by sharing some of the craziest rumors brought up by the media — from the FCC supposedly shutting him down at the request of the Federal Elections Committee to him going under the knife for plastic surgery.
In reality, Colbert took a step away to take care of his ailing 91-year old mother Lorna, who was forced to raise Stephen in a difficult position following the tragic death of his father along with two of his brothers in a 1974 plane crash. While there wasn’t much too much time devoted to the truth behind his exit, he did give a brief salute by saying the following before introducing the rest of the show:
“Oh, and one more thing … Evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails. Confidential to a lovely lady.”
Do you like how Colbert addressed the issue of his absence — especially in that he told the truth without spending too much time on a subject so dear to his heart?
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