ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The heath of Lorna Colbert, Stephen Colbert, has deteriorated, claims news reports. Lorna Colbert (photo above), 91, is reportedly “seriously ill”, prompting a suspension to “The Colbert Report” production immediately. An initial news statement by broadcast Comedy Central made no mention of any family emergency, nor any reason for a production halt.
“The Colbert Report” is not cancelled. Rather, Comedy Central confirms to news that new episodes will not air live within the coming days. The channel would not confirm the reason for the production halt.
But in a news statement to Politico, Comedy Central Senior VP for Communications Steve Albani said, “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16”. When sought for additional comment, the channel responded it was “not providing any additional details at this time.”
An email was sent out notifying ticket holders that live taping was cancelled for today. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have canceled our taping for the date of your ticket reservation, February 15, 2012.”
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that production was halted today “because of an emergency in Mr. Colbert’s family.” The Huffington Post is reporting that “the host’s mother is seriously ill, and the show will remain suspended until he can return.”
In 1974, at age ten, Colbert lost his father and two of his brothers. Peter and Paul Colbert died in the crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 212. A total of seventy-two persons died in the crash including television station anchorman Wayne Seal and John Merriman of the CBS Evening News. The cause of the plane crash included lack of altitude awareness by the flight crew.
Below is an older video interview by Lorna Colbert. Send your love.