“The Colbert Report” shut down this week led to crazed speculation about why Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert halted production on his wildly popular show. Despite rumors the show was about to jump ship to another network, or that Colbert’s political Super PAC was somehow involved, the simple explanation is that the comedian took some time off to spend with his sick mother.

Comedy Central announced a temporary shut down of production of “The Colbert Report” on Wednesday. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16,” network spokesman Steve Albani said in a press statement.

The brief statement, with no further explanation of “The Colbert Report” cancelled taping sessions, fueled mass speculation about what might be going on behind the scenes. Some of the more oddball explanations included rumors of the show moving to another network or that Stephen Colbert was fighting with Comedy Central over the show.

One tongue-in-cheek conspiracy theory even suggested that perhaps Stephen Colbert had stolen all the funds from his political Super PAC, Citizens for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow and fled the country.

According to the New York Post, the real reason for “The Colbert Report” suspended taping sessions was actually due to a Stephen Colbert family emergency. Citing sources close to the show, The New York Post reports that Colbert took some time off to spend with his ailing, 91-year-old mother, Lorna Colbert.

Stephen Colbert is one of 11 children and is reportedly very close to his mother. Colbert lost two of his brothers, Peter and Paul, and his father, James, in a plane crash in 1974.

No set date has been given for the return of “The Colbert Report,” but so far the show is reportedly on schedule to resume production early next week.

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