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"The Colbert Report" was suspended because of a family emergency, according to reports. Comedy Central's satirical news show suspended Wednesday and Thursday's taping due to host Stephen Colbert's crisis.
"The Colbert Report" suspension shocked viewers, who expected to see a brand new episode Wednesday night. Instead, they were treated to an older episode previously taped.
"Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16," Comedy Central representative Steve Albani said in a statement.
Sources told the Wall Street Journal that the suspension was due to a family emergency. Speculation by several media outlets like Zap2It.com revolves around Colbert's 91-year-old mother, who could be the reason behind his absence.
"The Colbert Report" has only been canceled once before, and it was in comedic response to John McCain suspending his campaign in 2007- all the more reason for Colbert to have had a serious issue that required his immediate leave.
Stephen Colbert is famously dedicated to his 30 minute comedy news show, in which he ridicules political decisions, pundits, and, most recently, the ease in which one can raise money via Super PAC.
Colbert's Super PAC, hilariously named Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Inc., was started as a joke on his fake news show, demonstrating how corporations, unions, and people could donate unlimited amounts of money without retribution. Before the 2010 Supreme Court ruling, donations were far more policed.
Despite the comedian's obviously satirical run for president, the Super PAC still managed to raise $815,000, almost completely from individual donors.
Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Inc., did not receive one donation over $5,000, according to a Federal Election Commission report. Still, the Super PAC is in a good position to buy ads for the presidential election in a few months.
Colbert also temporarily transferred control of the Super PAC to "The Daily Show" host John Stewart, highlighting the ease in which vast sums of money could change hands.
Details are scarce on the return of "The Colbert Report," and some reports say the show could resume as early as next week.