The message was confidential, but all of Stephen Colbert’s viewers understood.
Montclair resident Stephen Colbert and “The Colbert Report” returned to the airwaves Monday night, and his opening remarks seemed to clear up any rumors about why the program canceled two tapings last week.
Colbert, in character, denied that his show had been suspended because he planned to run for president. He also shot down word from Joan Rivers that he was getting plastic surgery, but mentioned something about a butt lift.
And Colbert declared the rumor from the “Internets” that he was in rehab untrue, but "always an attractive option if they have that for Diet Coke."
The comic then shifted gears and had a brief serious moment. Colbert said according to the Chicago Tribune, "Oh, and one more thing. Evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails. Confidential to a lovely lady."
Colbert’s reference appeared to be directed to his 91-year-old mother, Lorna, who is reportedly ill. USA Today reported that Colbert is the youngest of 11 children. His father, James, and two of his brothers were killed in an airplane crash in 1974 when he was 10.
Colbert’s family is said to be extremely private. The first remarks the comic made on the situation came on Twitter this past Friday when he posted, according to CNN, "My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and touched by your concern."