“The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central has reportedly been shut down suddenly due to a Stephen Colbert family emergency. The network announced taping of “The Colbert Report” for February 15 and 16 had been cancelled and the episodes would be replaced with repeats.
“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 shut down very sudden, as fans holding tickets for the taping sessions were reportedly only notified of the cancellations until Wednesday.
While the statement from Comedy Central simply cited “unforeseen circumstances” had for the temporary shut down, sources close to the show have allegedly said the suspended production is due to an emergency issue involving Stephen Colbert’s family, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
Production for “The Colbert Report” is expected to resume shortly, likely by the beginning of next week. Reps for Stephen Colbert have so far not commented on the show shut down or when taping for new episodes might resume. The Stephen Colbert Twitter page has also remained silent, although the Comedy Central star often goes days without updating his feed.
The last Tweet on the official Stephen Colbert Twitter page, posted on Tuesday, reads: “Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you’re enjoying your flowers, or chocolates, or smug self-satisfaction at not celebrating Valentine’s Day.” The Twitter feed for “The Colbert Show” is still being updated by staffers, but not with any relevant information about what happened to cause the shut down.