If reports are true, the real reason Comedy Central cryptically issued a temporary suspension of "The Colbert Report" is a family matter.


Sources close to Stephen Colbert told The Wall Street Journal that the satirical funnyman halted production "because of an emergency in Mr. Colbert's family." They added, however, that the show could resume taping as early as next week.


The Web has been abuzz ever since Comedy Cental emailed ticket holders for last night's taping announcing that the show has been cancelled due to "unforseen circumstances." As the website Third Beat notes, such last-minute cancellations are extremely rare:


"The Daily Show has suspended production last-minute due to personal reasons twice during Jon Stewart’s reign: once when his second child was born, and once when a staff member passed away suddenly. If this week’s reasons are of a similar nature, it would be a first for the 'Colbert Report'."


Colbert, 47, lives in Montclair, N.J., with his wife Evelyn McGree-Colbert and their three children — Madeleine, Peter and John.


Comedy Central will air repeats of "The Colbert Report" until Colbert returns.

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'Colbert Report' suspension due to family emergency
Sources close to Stephen Colbert say production could start up again as soon as next week.