Emergency Blamed as Colbert Report Shuts Down

Show cites 'unforseen circumstances'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 16, 2012 1:36 PM CST

(Newser) – If you were surprised that there was no new Colbert Report last night, you're not alone; so was the show's guest and audience. Just hours before the scheduled taping, Comedy Central suddenly shut down the show, saying it would instead air reruns for the rest of the week. A network rep would tell E! News only that the break was due to "unforeseen circumstances." The Wall Street Journal is now citing show insiders as saying that an emergency in Colbert's family is to blame, and that the show should resume taping as soon as next week.

It is Colbert's first such surprise break. Jon Stewart has shut down the Daily Show just twice: Once for the birth of his child, and once when a staff member died.

Stephen Colbert sings to the crowd during the Rock Me Like a Herman Cain South Cain-olina Primary Rally, Jan. 20, 2012.
Stephen Colbert sings to the crowd during the "Rock Me Like a Herman Cain South Cain-olina Primary Rally," Jan. 20, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Post And Courier, Grace Beahm)
Stephen Colbert attends IAVA's Fifth Annual Heroes Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 9, 2011 in New York City.
Stephen Colbert attends IAVA's Fifth Annual Heroes Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 9, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
In this Sept. 24, 2010 file photo, Stephen Colbert testifies before the House Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law subcommittee.
In this Sept. 24, 2010 file photo, Stephen Colbert testifies before the House Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law subcommittee.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)
Stephen Colbert addresses the media after attending an FEC hearing to ask for a media exemption to create a PAC on June 30, 2011.
Stephen Colbert addresses the media after attending an FEC hearing to ask for a media exemption to create a PAC on June 30, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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