Beginning with last night's rerun episode, which focused on Herman Cain, The Colbert Report has temporarily suspended production for at least a week. Seems like the suspension was a surprise to everyone involved with the show, considering ticketholders to last night's episode weren't notified of the cancellation until the last minute.

The following email went out to the already-seated audience members:

Due to unforseen circumstances, we have canceled our taping for the date of your ticket reservation, February 15, 2012

Update: Sources are reporting that Colbert had a family emergency to attend to.

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