‘Late Show’ halts production after Stephen Colbert shows COVID symptoms


Taping for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” has stopped until “further notice” as the talk show host is “experiencing symptoms consistent with a recurrence of COVID,” according to a tweet from the show’s account posted Monday afternoon.

Colbert previously tested positive for the coronavirus less than a month ago, according to a tweet from April 21. At that time, he wrote that he was “basically fine,” thanks to being vaccinated, and joked, “This just proves that I will do anything to avoid interviewing Jason Bateman,” a reference to a planned interview that night with the popular “Ozark” star.

On Monday, the political funnyman again made light of his positive test, tweeting, “WORST. SEQUEL. EVER.”

Monday’s announcement indicated that Colbert — whose show airs on CBS — would be “isolating for a few additional days.”

Stephen Colbert’This could be Stephen Colbert’s second COVID-19 scare in less than a month.Scott Kowalchyk/CBS

Fellow late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel also recently missed taping his ABC series after contracting the virus. Comedian Mike Birbiglia, 43, temporarily took over hosting duties for the 54-year-old, and included a conversation with Kevin Hart about the aftermath of a man attacking Dave Chappelle onstage recently at the Hollywood Bowl.

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