Colbert Report Abruptly Suspended

Comedy Central shut down production before Wednesday's episode could tape.

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Production of Comedy Central's Colbert Report was suspended Wednesday due to "unforeseen circumstances."

Colbert, who has recently pulled stunts such as trying to run for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination and using his own super PAC (Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow) to influence the upcoming election, has never taken a break from production without prior notice.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the suspension of production was caused by an emergency in Colbert's family. Comedy Central issued an ambiguous statement canceling production for Thursday as well.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16," Comedy Central spokesman Steve Albani said in a statement. The show does not normally air on Fridays.

Colbert's colleague and host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, has canceled his show only twice before – once because of the birth of his second child and once because of the death of a staff member.