The Colbert Report has gone on a sudden, unexplained hiatus. Last night’s episode was canceled at the last minute, with ticketholders for the taping being informed by email that both last night and today’s shows were being scrapped due to “unforeseen reasons.”
Comedy Central and the Colbert Nation website have not released an official statement on the matter, but the show has been suspended for the week and is not expected to return until Monday at the earliest. The show has never gone off schedule in the past, though its sister program The Daily Show has taken similar last-minute breaks when host Jon Stewart’s child was born and after a former intern committed suicide.
Stephen Colbert’s normally active Twitter feed has gone silent since Tuesday, suggesting that the host is attending to some sort of personal matter.
Update: The Wall Street Journal has reported that the hiatus is due to an emergency in Colbert’s family.