Stephen Colbert’s Health Scare: The Late Show Takes a Break for Second Week

While presenter Stephen Colbert continues to recuperate from a medical condition, The Late Show will remain on sabbatical.

“I’m continuing to relax and recover while paying attention to my doctors. I appreciate all of your well wishes, and I hope to see you soon,” Colbert wrote on Sunday on Threads.

CBS unveiled the episode schedule for this week on Monday, and it only included reruns. Prior visitors included Rep. Liz Cheney, Nicki Minaj, Sara Bareilles, Jason Isbell, Sarah Paulson, and Mark Ruffalo, according to Deadline.

The timetable was altered in response to Colbert’s recent admission, at 59, that he suffered an appendix rupture.

Shortly after Thanksgiving, he posted on Threads, “Sorry to say that I have to cancel our shows this week.” “You must be asking yourself, ‘Turkey overdose, Steve? a gravy boat overturn? In reality, I’m healing from an appendix rupture surgery.


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“I appreciate the care I received from my doctors and the patience of Evie and the kids.” From now on, my pancreas will manage any emails to my appendix,” he continued.

This week’s reruns of the show will include cameos by Lindsay Mendez, Jonathan Groff, Daniel Radcliffe, Willie Nelson, Kerry Washington, and more.

Rather than advertising a new episode, a snippet from Colbert’s discussion with Rep. Maxwell Frost from October 10 was posted on the show’s Instagram account on Monday.

When Colbert decided to broadcast the program remotely from his home in mid-October after testing positive for COVID-19, his health also had an impact on the show’s production.

An Instagram and X (formerly Twitter) post on October 16 said, “MEANWHILE… The Late Show will look a little bit different tonight because Stephen is At Home with Covid (he’s ok!)” “However, make sure to tune in as Jada Pinkett Smith, Ricky Velez, Monologue, and Meanwhile continue the show virtually. #WhatYearIsIt?

Talking Heads, Jon Batiste, and Rachel Maddow were announced at that time as performers who would be joining The Late Show later that week.

A few days later, Colbert also provided supporters with an update on his efforts to overcome his ailments.

His social media post said, “Sorry to say, per doctor’s orders, I’m going to be out for the rest of the week.” “Resting up so that I can deliver the hand crafted, artisanal talk show that we so enjoy serving you.”

The TV celebrity posted a picture of a care box that was given to him, which included a bag of onions, a brand-new pair of socks, and a letter with his name handwritten on an envelope.

Colbert made light of the fact that fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon was the source of the kind gift.

“In the meantime, a heady blend of Paxlovid and onions in my socks (thank you, Fallon) will be rebuilding my immune system,” he said.

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