‘The Late Show’ canceled for second week as host Stephen Colbert recovers from ruptured appendix

Stephen Colbert
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“All emails to my appendix will be handled by my pancreas,” jokes Colbert.

Concerning his current health issue, due to which The Late Show has been canceled for a second time in a row, Stephen Colbert took to his Threads account on Sunday to write, “I’m listening to my doctors and continuing to rest and heal. Thank you for all your well wishes and I’ll see you soon.”

CBS’s schedule, which was drawn on Monday, did not include The Late Show following the host’s update about his slow recovery. This week’s episode on the channel featured exclusively repeats. Sarah Paulson, Jason Isbell, Mark Ruffalo, Nicki Minaj, Sara Bareilles, and Rep. Liz Cheney were among the previously scheduled guests for this week’s show, reports Deadline.

Colbert posted on Threads after Thanksgiving, “Sorry to say that I have to cancel our shows this week,” adding, “I’m sure you’re thinking, ‘Turkey overdose, Steve? Gravy boat capsize?’ Actually, I’m recovering from surgery for a ruptured appendix.”

He added saying, “I’m grateful to my doctors for their care and to Evie and the kids for putting up with me. Going forward, all emails to my appendix will be handled by my pancreas.”

According to People, the repeated episodes of The Late Show, which will feature this week, will include guest appearances from Kerry Washington, Willie Nelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez, and more.

This is not the first time Colbert’s health has altered the regular course of the show. On October 10th, he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and made the decision to broadcast the program remotely from his home. An Oct. 16 post read on The Late Show’s Instagram and X (formerly Twitter) accounts, “MEANWHILE… The Late Show will look a little bit different tonight because Stephen is At Home with Covid (he’s ok!),” adding, “But be sure to tune in as the show will go on remotely with Monologue, Meanwhile, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Ricky Velez. #whatyearisit?”

A few days later, he shared a social media message where he affirmed he was doing his best to get over his symptoms. The message read, “Sorry to say, per doctor’s orders, I’m going to be out for the rest of the week,” adding, “Resting up so that I can deliver the hand-crafted, artisanal talk show that we so enjoy serving you.” He concluded the post by jesting, “In the meantime, a heady blend of Paxlovid and onions in my socks (thank you, Fallon) will be rebuilding my immune system,” referring to the heartfelt care package that was delivered from fellow late-host Jimmy Fallon.