TV show host Stephen Colbert tests positive for COVID-19

“Stephen Colbert has tested positive for COVID 19,” the post read.

“Tonight’s show is cancelled. As previously planned, the show will air in replay from tomorrow to next week. We will be back with new episodes on May 2.

Thursday’s live show was scheduled to feature appearances from Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, the stars of Netflix’s “Ozark,” whose final episodes will air in May.

Colbert himself shared an update regarding the situation, saying he “felt great” and offered a joke about his lifelong mission to avoid interviewing Bateman.

Before Colbert tested positive, “The Late Show” previously announced he would be taking a brief hiatus, which is expected to begin on Friday.

“Late Night” will maintain its current schedule and repeats throughout next week, before returning with a new episode on May 2.

For this Thursday, CBS will replace the scheduled live broadcast with a rerun of the episode originally aired on April 15, featuring Josh Brolin and a performance of “The Who.”

Upcoming episodes set to air again over the coming week include guest spots from Jon Batiste, Oscar Isaac, Hannah Gadsby, Sandra Bullock, Anderson Cooper, Molly Shannon, Shaquille O’Neal, Mayim Bialik, Julia Roberts and Rep. Cori Bush.

The replays will also include musical performances from Buffalo Nichols, Wilco and Thomas Rhett.

Javier E. Swan