Why Did Stephen Colbert Suspend Taping of the Colbert Report? Family Emergency, Say Reports

Stephen Colbert has temporarily suspended production of the Colbert Report without explanation, leaving fans and Twitter followers wondering if there's reason to be concerned. 

A spokesman for Comedy Central said on Thursday morning that the taping of the show had been suspended on Wednesday evening and would be again on Thursday due to “unforeseen circumstances.” The network did not provide additional details.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16," network spokesman Steve Albani said in an emailed statement.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting the show has been temporarily suspended due to an emergency in Colbert's family, though those rumors have not been confirmed. The Daily News also reports they were told by production staffers that Colbert had a family emergency.

There were a flurry of rumors on Twitter that the show was suspended because of Colbert's involvement in politics, but that now seems false. Colbert's super PAC "Americans for a Better Tomorrow" had raised more than $1 million, and he staged a mock campaign in his home state of South Carolina before the GOP primary. 

Audience members invited to last night's taping tweeted screenshots of an email from Colbert Nation saying that the taping was canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances.” The show was to have featured Claire Danes as a guest, but Comedy Central decided to show a rerun on Wednesday night.

 The Colbert Report is expected to resume production soon, perhaps as early as next week.

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