The Late Show was not on the air last night as a result of Stephen Colbert’s Covid diagnosis and it has now emerged that he’s taking the rest of the week off.
Colbert contracted Covid earlier this week and started off by hosting a show at home – much like he did during the pandemic. However, the CBS show was pulled yesterday and has also been pulled for the rest of the week.
“Sorry to say, per doctor’s orders, I’m going to be out for the rest of the week. Resting up so that I can deliver the hand crafted, artisanal talk show that we so enjoy serving you. In the meantime, a heady blend of Paxlovid and onions in my socks (thank you, Fallon) will be rebuilding my immune system,” Colbert said.
The move affects guests including Rachel Maddow, who was due to appear yesterday, and Keegan-Michael Key.
A performance by rising indie rocker Caroline Polachek did, however, appear on the show’s YouTube channel.
Colbert said earlier this week that he was feeling a bit “sweaty” with a “flaming throat.”
Covid was also responsible for the cancellation of Strike Force 3 – Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel’s live show that was set to take place in Las Vegas last month before Kimmel contracted Covid.
Colbert himself had to pause production on The Late Show last year after testing positive in April and a recurrence in May.