Stephen Colbert reports COVID symptoms, cancels The Late Show

Stephen Colbert (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Live Nation)
Stephen Colbert (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Live Nation) /

Stephen Colbert is feeling symptoms consistent with a recurrence of COVID-19. As a precaution, The Late Show will go on hiatus until further notice.

The Late Show official Twitter account shared the news on Monday evening. CBS will reair an episode from earlier this month in The Late Show‘s normal 11:30 p.m. ET time slot.

Back on April 21, Colbert revealed that he tested positive for COVID. The comedian reported that he felt fine and credited his vaccinations for his well-being. The timing worked out as The Late Show was already scheduled to take a break.

When Colbert and company did return with a new episode on May 2, the host admitted that the first few days were rough. However, he appeared to have recovered and even took time to send well-wishes to Jimmy Kimmel when the ABC comedian announced his COVID diagnosis.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has no set return date

Stephen Colbert jokingly called his symptoms “the worst sequel ever.” It is unclear how long the comedian will be sidelined.

The Late Show announced it plans to suspend taping new episodes until Colbert is better. The late-night TV show cited “an abundance of caution” as the reason why no staff members will be to keep the show rolling.

CBS already has another repeat episode on the schedule for Tuesday, May 10. Beyond that, it still appears as though the network intends to broadcast new episodes. However, that will depend on Colbert’s health and what, if any, symptoms he displays.

Jimmy Kimmel’s COVID diagnosis led ABC to turn things over to guest host Mike Birbiglia for the week. The stand-up did an admirable job filling it. But, it doesn’t look like CBS and The Late Show want to follow that model.

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