Stephen Colbert returns Monday to The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report will resume at its usual time on Monday night. Photo: Colbert Report

EASTON, MD., February 19, 2012  — Fans and concerned viewers wondered what had happened to Stephen Colbert’s show when it disappeared from its slot on Comedy Central last Wednesday night.  

According to the New York Times, Comedy Central announced today that The Colbert Report will resume on Monday night with New York Times best selling author Ann Patchett  (Bel Canto; State of Wonder) as its guest.

The Colbert Report website is announcing that new episodes of the show will be aired next week. 

When the popular news show went on a sudden hiatus without any explanation from the political satirist or the station, public concern mounted. Comedy Central said only that the show was interrupted for “unforeseen reasons.”

Speculation ran rampant.

Stories circulated that Stephen Colbert was caring for his seriously ill 91-year-old mother in South Carolina, but it has never been confirmed. However, after days of silence, Colbert did acknowledge his fans’ support and tweeted on Friday night: “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and touched by your concern.”

“They are a very private family,” said a Comedy Central source. “It’s not surprising that he did not want anyone to know what was going on.”

The youngest of 11 children, Colbert is known to be quite close to his mother. Colbert lost his father and two older brothers in a 1974 airline crash.

In its seven years as a Monday night featured program, the Colbert Report has never suspended a show except for the time the comedian did so in jest, mimicking John McCain’s campaign suspension to rush back to Washington “to save the economy.”

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Catherine was named one of the top Progressives in Maryland along with Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. She has been a guest of President Obama in the Rose Garden.

As past president of Long Island NOW, she worked to reform women's prisons in New York, open the construction trades to women, change laws to safeguard battered women, and protect the rights of rape victims. 

Long active in Democratic politics, she served as the presidentof the Talbot Democrats in Maryland for six years and fought to getthe Health Care Reform bill passed.

Catherine has been published in a diverse range of newspapers and magazines, including Newsday, Star Democrat, Rocky Mountain News, Yellowstone News, and the Massachusetts Review.

If Catherine has learned anything over the years it is that progressive change does not come easily, but in baby steps. 

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