The Colbert Report, hosted by Stephen Colbert, has suspended production this week.
The program, which Ad Week has reported is a “must-buy for marketers looking to reach younger viewers in late night,” aired a rerun Wednesday night and will not air an original episode Thursday night. The show typically does not air original episodes on Friday nights.
It’s extremely popular on Wall Street, especially among junior employees. Quite often, if you find yourself near a trading desk in the morning you can hear traders quoting the previous night’s show.
It is not clear when the show will return to production.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16,” Comedy Central Senior spokesman Steve Albani told a number of media outlets.
Albani told Politico that the network was “not providing any additional details at this time.”
The Wall Street Journal, in an article citing people familiar with the show, reported that the suspension in production was due to an emergency in host Colbert’s family.
The Colbert Report averaged 800,000 viewers last week, according to the website TV by the Numbers. Colbert has over 3 million followers on Twitter.
Comedy Central is owned by Viacom.
Colbert has worked at Comedy Central since 1997, beginning as a correspondent for The Daily Show. In 2005, the network launched The Colbert Report.
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