Legions of fans were bewildered after Stephen Colbert canceled his show this week, citing unforeseen circumstances.
Many wondered if the funnyman, known for turning the political system on its head with presidential runs and Super PACs, had another trick up his sleeve, but CBS reports Friday that the circumstances are far more sobering: his mother is ill.
Colbert, the youngest of 11, is reportedly close to his 91-year-old mother. The nature of his mother's sickness is unknown; CBS says his spokesman have provided no details.
There's no word when he'll be back on the set of his Comedy Central show. Until then, Comedy Central says they'll be airing reruns.