Colbert Returns With a Hint of Why He Was Gone

It’s probably testament to the power of Stephen Colbert that an unexplained absence for a few days last week can generate so much attention and speculation.

On his return to “The Colbert Report” on Monday, the host stayed almost completely in character as he rattled off some of the wildest rumors. Reportedly he was visiting his ailing, 91-year-old mother. “having 11 children makes you tough as nails,” Colbert said on his show, a reference to the fact that he’s the last of 11 kids.

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