Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert shut down his late-night television show The Colbert Report this week in order to be near his ailing 91 year old mother, according to sources from to the show. The actor caused a stir on the popular social media site Twitter when he said only that he was canceling the shows due to "unforeseen circumstances."
"They are a very private family," said a source. "It's not surprising that he did not want anyone to know what was going on."
Colbert, the youngest of eleven children, is very close to his mother, according to the source. When Colbert was just ten years old his father and 2 older brothers were killed in a 1974 airplane crash, an unfortunate tragedy that created an especially tight relationship with his mother. The natures of Lorna Colbert's ailments are not currently known and a spokesman for Colbert gave no details.
Comedy Central, which airs "The Colbert Report," as announced that the show would air repeat episodes until further notice.