Stephen Colbert to return after leave of absence

By Andrew Jones
Monday, February 20, 2012 8:53 EDT
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Stephen Colbert on Iowa caucus. Screenshot via Comedy Central.
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Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert will return to the airwaves Monday evening after a studden leave of absence last week, according to The New York Times.

A spokesperson for the network said that Colbert will resume production of new episodes, with novelist Ann Patchett scheduled as a guest for Monday’s episode.

Although not confirmed by the network, people close to Colbert indicate the comedian was looking after his ailing 91-year-old mother Lorna. He went on his Twitter page to express his appreciation for fans concerned about his situation.

“My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers,” Mr. Colbert wrote. “We are grateful and touched by your concern.”

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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