After an unexpected week-long hiatus, Stephen Colbert returned to the desk of "The Colbert Report" last night with a heavy heart and a tearjerking announcement. 

"One week ago today, my mother Lorna Tuck Colbert died," Colbert said choking up. "And I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. If you watch this show and you also like me, that's because of my mom."

"She made a very loving home for us," he shared. "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."

Colbert went on to recall her courage in the face of tremendous tragedy - losing a brother, husband and three sons. Still, he said, "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."

“I know that it may sound greedy to want more days with a person who lived so long,” Colbert added. “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.”

You can watch Stephen's touching tribute below. Good luck getting through the whole thing without shedding a tear. 

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Stephen Colbert honors mother with heartwarming tribute
Lorna Colbert died last week at the age of 92.