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'Colbert Report' abruptly suspends production of show

UPDATED: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" abruptedly suspended production on Wednesday night, citing "unforeseen reasons." In a statement, the network said, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16."According to the New York Daily News, production staff for the show were told that host Stephen Colbert had a family

UPDATED: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" abruptedly suspended production on Wednesday night, citing "unforeseen reasons." In a statement, the network said, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16."

According to the New York Daily News, production staff for the show were told that host Stephen Colbert had a family emergency, which was why he was unable to attending the tapings.

Fans who turned up for Wednesday night's taping -- some of whom were already in their seats in the studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter -- were told they would have to re-apply for tickets for a future taping. Ticket holders for Thursday's taping were alerted by email.

The show was likely return soon, possibly as early as next week, a source close to the show told Reuters. 

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

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