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Stephen Colbert Returns to 'The Colbert Report'

Stephen Colbert & Jack White Promote Actor/television personality Stephen Colbert promotes "Stephen Colbert with the Black Belles" at the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store at The Lot at The High Line on June 24, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics » Stephen Colbert (Getty Images) Stephen Colbert was back in action yesterday following what was an abrupt halt in production of his Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report. Production on the program was unexpectedly suspended last week due to what Comedy Central originally called "unforeseen circumstances." A rep for the channel eventually revealed that Colbert had flown home to South Carolina to be with his mother Lorna who had come down with a serious illness.

Thankfully, Mama Colbert is on the mend and Stephen returned last night to host his hilarious late night satire show, making sure to give a shout-out to his ailing mother, but not before getting a few laughs on account of his absence. "Before we start the broadcast tonight, I just want to address my recent absence from the national conversation," Colbert said. "As the hub around which the republic turns, I can understand why the machinery of this great nation ground to a halt last week when you were denied this [pointing to his face]. Now, I'm sure you felt the same way I do when I'm in a room without mirrors." 

At the end of the intro, Colbert broke character a bit to nod to his mother: Evidently having 11 children makes you tough as nails. Confidential to a lovely lady." The audience responded with a robust applause, and then it was business as usual at The Colbert Report.

Stephen Colbert is the youngest of 11 children, born to his mother Lorna and father James Colbert. Colbert's father and two of his brothers died tragically in a plane crash when he was just 10-years-old.

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