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'Colbert Report' resumes taping Monday; Colbert thanks fans

February 20, 2012 | 10:14 am

Stephen Colbert will resume taping his show

Stephen Colbert will be back behind the desk of "The Colbert Report" on Monday, President's Day, after taking an unexpected hiatus Wednesday and Thursday of last week.

A spokesman for Comedy Central confirmed that original episodes will be broadcast this week, though there was no information about whether Colbert would address the cancellations on the show.

According to reports, the comedian suspended taping of his show to tend to his 91-year-old mother, Lorna. Though there has been no official confirmation of the reasons for the cancellation (Comedy Central described it as "unforseen circumstances"), Colbert thanked fans on his Twitter feed who had been sending him well wishes for his mother since last week.

"My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and touched by your concern," he wrote.

According to the official "Colbert Report" website, the first guest will be novelist Ann Patchett discussing independent bookstores.

This is the first time Colbert has canceled a taping of his program since it began in 2005.

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— Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Stephen Colbert arrives at the Kenney Center Honors reception in December with wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert. Credit: Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images.

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