The mother of a late-night host died Wednesday at the age of 92, possibly prompting a cancelation of Thursday’s episode taping.
Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central aired a repeat episode Thursday. A man who has close ties to the show tweeted that Thursday’s episode would be a repeat so Colbert could be with his family due to his mother’s death, and that Lorna Colbert died an hour prior to Wednesday’s show. Both tweets have been deleted.
Lorna Colbert had 11 children, of which Stephen was the youngest. Former Congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch is Stephen’s sister.
Lorna Colbert was born Nov. 6, 1920 in Larchmont, NY. She was called “the matriarch of a family of 82” in an obituary in The Post and Courier, and called “an accomplished artist, a church leader, a businesswoman, a supporter of the arts and a woman whose profound faith was apparent in her daily life.” Her husband Dr. James William Colbert preceded her in death, along with two of her sons, after a plane crash in 1974.
Colbert previously canceled two shows in February 2012 when Lorna fell ill. "Evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails," Stephen Colbert said at the time. "Confidential to a lovely lady."
You can view the entire obituary here.