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Stephen Colbert Addresses His Absence


"I'm sure you felt the same way I do when I'm in a room without mirrors," Colbert said, before addressing some of the wilder rumors surrounding his absence. Cancelled by the FCC? Rehab? Plastic surgery? Nope. Reports suggested last week that Colbert canceled production of the show to be with his ailing mother. He hinted at that during Monday's intro.

"One more thing," he said. "Evidently having 11 children makes you tough as nails. Confidential to a lovely lady."

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