Colbert Report abruptly suspends production

“The Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert. — Reuters pic“The Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert. — Reuters picNEW YORK, Feb 17 — Comedy Central has suspended production of “The Colbert Report” for at least two days, an unexplained development that ignited widespread speculation about the popular satirical news show on Twitter and other social networks.

Comedy Central said the show aired a repeat episode on Wednesday and would again yesterday owing to “unforeseen circumstances”, but did not elaborate.

The show was likely to return soon, possibly as early as next week, according to a source close to the show who was not authorised to speak publicly.

A spokesman for the cable network, owned by Viacom Inc, declined to comment on the reason the tapings were cancelled.

The break comes during a crucial stretch for Stephen Colbert’s show, with the Republican primary season in full swing. Last month, Colbert took his political humour to South Carolina before its primary, staging a mock campaign rally and urging fans to vote for former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

The comedian also has a super PAC — “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow” — that had raised more than US$1 million (RM3 million) by late January. — Reuters


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