'Colbert Report' Tapings Canceled At Least Through This Week
Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" will air reruns the rest of the week after the network announced remaining tapings have been canceled.
Wednesday evening's new episode that had been to follow "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" was replaced with one featuring host Stephen Colbert ripping on Republican Herman Cain's late-2011 presidential campaign. Ticket-holders for what would have been the Wednesday night episode's taping received notice apparently via email from Comedy Central that "Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have canceled our taping for the date of your ticket reservation, February 15, 2012." ColbertNation.com indicates that the network will also air a repeat Feb. 16.
Scheduled guests were to include Claire Danes and Susan Cain.
When various audience members began tweeting the email, the story broke to websites such as Mediaite and Third Beat. Comedy Central hasn't yet issued a statement explaining the sudden cancelation, but Third Beat notes that "The Daily Show" tapings have twice been canceled - once due to the birth of Stewart's second child, and once following a staff member's unexpected death. This is the first time a "Colbert Report" taping has been so quickly canceled.
Stewart and Colbert were together in the midst of an Indecision 2012 farce that lampshades the loopholes in the newly effective "super-PAC" campaign finance regulations allowing "independent expenditure-only" committees to raise unlimited funds from groups supporting a candidate's election - in this case, Colbert's farcical-but-officially-disclosed "Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" organization.
Colbert briefly handed his organization over to Stewart when he attempted getting onto the ballot for his home state of South Carolina's presidential primary, seeking election to the office of "President of the United States of South Carolina."