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Stephen Colbert suspends 'The Colbert Report' to care for mother, report says

02/17/2012 by Olivia Allin

Late night talk show host and comedian Stephen Colbert has reportedly suspended his Comedy Central series "The Colbert Report" to care for his mother.

Production of the popular satirical news show was halted on Wednesday and Thursday and news outlets like the New York Post reported that Colbert left New York to be with his 91-year-old ailing mother, Lorna.

"They are a very private family," a source told the tabloid. "It's not surprising that he did not want anyone to know what was going on."

Colbert is the youngest of 11 children and is very close to his mother. In 1974, when the political commentator and actor was 10 years old, his father and two older brothers were killed in an Eastern Airlines crash.

"My father and two of my brothers died when I was 10. I think I did my best to cheer my mom up," Colbert told CBS News in 2009.

"I know that after they died, nothing... nothing seemed that important to me. And so, I had immediately had sort of a, I won't say a cynical detachment from the world," Colbert continued. "But I would certainly say I was detached from what was normal behavior of children around me... It didn't make much sense. None of it seemed very important. And I think that, you know, feeds into a sense that acceptance, or blind acceptance of authority, is not easy for me."

During Monday's "Colbert Report," he told the audience that he had just returned from a week-long trip in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.

Ticketholders for Wednesday and Thursday's shows received an email from the network, telling them that the show was canceled due to "unforeseen circumstances."

The show does not film on Fridays, but a source told the New York Daily News that Colbert could return as early as Monday. Fans have shown support for the host on Twitter.

Comedy Central reps had no immediate comment on the report.

Colbert, 47, is known for his satirical news show on Comedy Central, "The Colbert Report." He made headlines earlier in the year after announcing his bid for "candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina."

According to People magazine, his entry wasn't a laughing matter, with Colbert polling at 5 percent in his home state, ahead of longstanding candidate Jon Huntsman.

The political satirist recently appeared in the Broadway show "Company," and he joked that he always thought he'd be a theater actor, living alone with his beard.

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