Fans of CBS’ The Late Show will not be getting any new episodes this week due to a health emergency for Stephen Colbert. Colbert informed the public that he is currently recovering from surgery for a ruptured appendix.
Colbert’s show had a solid list of guests lined up for this week. They included Barbra Streisand taking The Colbert Questionert. Live shows were set to go on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Obviously, Monday’s and Friday’s shows were planned reruns, Deadline reports.
Other guests included Jennifer Garner and Elvis director Baz Luhrmann on Tuesday. Then, on Wednesday, Colbert planned to have Patrick Stewart and his former bandleader Jon Batiste on there. Kelsey Grammer also was slated to stop by on Thursday. He was going to chat it up about the reboot of Frasier.
CBS Studios and Colbert’s Spartina Productions produce The Late Show. Colbert, Tom Purcell, and Jon Stewart as executive producers.
Colbert posted a message on Instagram. He wrote, “Sorry to say that I have to cancel our shows this week. I’m sure you’re thinking, ‘Turkey overdose, Steve? Gravy boat capsize?’ Actually, I’m recovering from surgery for a ruptured appendix. I’m grateful to my doctors for their care and to Evie and the kids for putting up with me. Going forward, all emails to my appendix will be handled by my pancreas.”
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It was just last week that original Late Show host David Letterman stopped by for a visit. It did mark the first time since Letterman left the show that he made an appearance on it. Letterman and Colbert did chat it up. At one point, Colbert left his seat behind the desk and let Letterman sit there.
Both hosts repeated their seating arrangements for a selfie. Back in 2015, Colbert was upfront while Letterman was behind him. Letterman talked a little bit about how he and his wife now being empty nesters since his son Harry went away to college.
Colbert started hosting The Late Show back in September 2015. This took place on the heels of a very successful stint on Comedy Central hosting The Colbert Report.
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One fan comments on Colbert’s post: “Sorry about that and take good care and recover quickly! We’ll miss you! How about Jon Stewart or Elvis Costello stepping in during your absence????”
Another fan says, “That’s terrible. Your pancreas is in no way equipped to handle the duties of your appendix. May the force be with you.” And this fan totally gets what Colbert is going through right now. “Been there! Hope you heal quickly! Good thing it was discovered!”
There’s been no word if The Late Show will be back on track for new shows next week. Obviously, this week’s guests will have their appearances rescheduled for a later date. Any updates on Stephen Colbert’s health condition will come through the network and the show’s social media platforms. Also, check back on The Late Show and see when it comes back with live shows.
Additionally, Stephen Colbert made an announcement recently that a new late-night show, After Midnight, will debut next year on CBS. Comedienne Taylor Tomlinson will be the show’s host. Tomlinson’s show fills the spot that was vacated by James Corden’s departure from the CBS lineup.
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