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. (Read more The Colbert Report stories.)