I was sure Mr. Colbert was simply being facetious, but there was a noticeable and unsettling look of actual fear on his face. He no longer looked like a comedian; he looked like Walter Cronkite reporting the Kennedy assassination. In fact, immediately after wrapping the Threat Down segment, he canceled his usual guest interview and walked out of the studio. "I had to go home and see my family," Colbert told viewers the following day, "Pearl Harbor, 9/11, introducing Pickle to the world - these are moments when you have to reassure yourself that there is light in a world of evil."
The next day, Stephen Colbert ran what he called "a very special episode" of The Colbert Report. Lacking the usual manic energy and dry wit he is so well known for, Colbert spent the first ten minutes pacing the stage, speaking in monotone, philosophizing on our place in the universe. Finally, after half the crowd had already left the studio, Colbert turned to one of his trademark props - the "On Notice" board.
There's Pickle, just above "Grizzly Bears" and just below "Black Hole at Center of Galaxy." The remaining audience managed to eek out some muffled laughter, thinking that maybe Colbert was "going all Glenn Beck on us," especially when Colbert started openly weeping. Mr. Colbert then fled the stage, leaving the audience in a state of shock until a producer came out to inform them where they could get their tickets refunded. Production on The Colbert Report, according to Comedy Central, is now on "indefinite hiatus."