colbert 106374206 Colbert Report Off Air; Comedy Central Mum

Comedian and television host Stephen Colbert dances at a "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear" in 2010. (credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) – Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” is off the air and it’s a mystery why.

An expected new episode of the show was replaced by a repeat on Wednesday. Comedy Central said Thursday’s live show will be off, too.

The network said it was airing the repeats “due to unforeseen circumstances,” but offered no other explanation. A person close to the show, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter, told The Associated Press that new episodes are expected to return soon.

A publicist for Stephen Colbert declined to comment.

Colbert’s popular “fake commentary” program airs Monday through Thursday at 10:30 p.m., following “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.

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