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'Colbert Report' tapings halted; cancellations unusual for show

February 16, 2012 | 10:19 am

Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report"

Fans of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" got unexpected bad news this week when the show unexpectedly went into reruns Wednesday.

In a very short statement, the network explained that "due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16." The series normally airs repeats on Friday.

Both "The Colbert Report" and its lead-in, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," had just come off a weeklong preplanned break.

Stephen Colbert's Twitter feed has not been updated since Valentine's Day on Tuesday. (His show feed does continue to be updated.)

The lack of tweeting on the comedian's part, however, is not necessarily seen as cause for concern -- he did not tweet at all between Feb. 2 and Feb. 13.

This is the first time "Colbert Report" has been unexpectedly halted. But according to the comedy blog Third Beat, there are precedents. "The Daily Show" has canceled tapings twice in recent memory: once due to the unexpected death of a staff member and once for the birth of Stewart's second child.

A source close to the production says they anticipate returning to original episodes soon.

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-- Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Stephen Colbert at a rally for former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in South Carolina. Credit: Richard Ellis / Getty Images

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