Excellent news for Stephen Colbert fans everywhere! Tomorrow, the show is back on after a mysterious hiatus, thought to be centered around concerns of Mama Colbert’s health.
The show, along with Stephen Colbert himself, will resume production of The Colbert Report on Monday, according to a spokesman for Comedy Central on Sunday. The show abruptly halted production and entered hiatus with little-to-no explanation, causing some concern among Colbert fans. Comedy Central ran reruns of the program during Colbert’s absence Wednesday and Thursday.
Early reports said that Colbert left the show to be alongside his ailing mother, with people close to the host saying that he wanted to spend more time caring for the 91-year-old Lorna. These reports were unconfirmed, though Colbert did respond to fans via Twitter on Friday, saying: “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers,” Colbert wrote. “We are grateful and touched by your concern.”
On The Colbert Report‘s website, there is a section dedicated to announcing upcoming guests on the show. On Sunday, it said that new episodes would be airing all week, and that tomorrow’s guest is Ann Patchett, a novelist and independent bookstore owner.
So we really don’t know what caused the temporary hiatus, and probably never will. Just be happy the show is back on, which reminds me…
…Are you happy that the show is back on?