Stephen Colbert Returns With Laughs

"Colbert Report" host makes light of his recent absence from the show.
0:45 | 02/21/12

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-- Nicole -- that came back on the air Monday night was gone for a few days last week. This is mom is the only came back to the air last night and has always is pretty funny -- -- and how we came back to the year. -- before we -- start the broadcast tonight that is 10 -- my recent absence. From the national conversation. As the home -- 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 that this. They see that he's one of eleven children's mother is 91 years old and is kind of incident. Deteriorating health and with -- lead by her side is that you know what after have a loving kid she's tough as nails. And -- -- -- up to his nominees that what we're back -- -- with your mom. Gotta take care of your --

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