Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report is on hiatus due to the failing health of host Steven Colbert’s mother, Lorna Colbert. The “President of the United States of America South Carolina” campaign runner and political satirist cancelled tapings for Wednesday and Thursday evening to be by his ailing ninety one year mother’s side.
An official statement was issued regarding Colbert’s sudden absence which read “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16.” This is the first time since the show began in 2005 (as a spinoff of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show) that reruns have aired.
Lorna’s condition is reported as “seriously ill” and fans have been tremendously supportive.
Stephen Colbert, awesome dude extraordinaire, has just upped his cool factor even more. (Was that even possible?)
The irrepressible star of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” has added his voice to the It Gets Better Project, making him the latest in a long line of celebs to let LGBT kids know that their lives may be filled with taunts and bullies right now, but things do get better.
What adds a special poignancy to Colbert’s video is the fact that he stepped out of his blustery TV persona to do it. He rarely appears on camera as himself, but apparently felt this cause was important enough to do it.