(ReliableNews.org) – Appendicitis is a relatively common illness. It impacts approximately one in 1,000 people each year in the US. Stephen Colbert, the host of “The Late Show,” is one of those people.
On Monday, November 27, Colbert posted a message on Threads, announcing he was canceling the show for the week. He joked that his fans might think he overdosed on turkey and gravy, but in reality, he was “recovering from surgery for a ruptured appendix.” He thanked the doctors who took care of him while he was ill. He also thanked his wife, Evie, and children for “putting up with” him while he was sick and during his recovery. The comedian joked that moving forward, his pancreas will be handling all of the emails sent to his appendix.
Colbert had a busy week planned for his show. Jennifer Garner, Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammer, and others were scheduled to be guests. It’s not clear if those guests will be rescheduled for future shows.
This is the second time Colbert has had to take time off from the show. He recently canceled other episodes because he fell ill with a virus and needed time to recover.
Colbert has hosted “The Late Show” since 2015. Prior to that, he was the host of a Comedy Central show for nearly a decade. He was also a cast member on “The Daily Show” when it was hosted by Jon Stewart. The liberal host tackles issues of the day on his show, generally with a leftist bent, and interviews Hollywood elites. Former President Donald Trump is often a target of the comedian’s jokes.
Appendicitis can be very serious, especially when it causes the appendix to rupture. If it goes undetected, it can spread an infection throughout the body which could lead to sepsis and death. It appears that Colbert’s infection was caught in time. Doctors warn, that symptoms of the illness can include a fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, and pain that worsens when the patient is walking or doing some other activity.
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