updated 02/20/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/20/2012 AT 9:20 AM ET
Conservative politicians heed warning: He’s back.
After new episodes of Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report were abruptly suspended last week, reportedly because of a his 91-year-old mother’s health, the Comedy Central late-night show is returning to TV this week, starting Monday, with a guest line-up that includes Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the House of Representatives.
“My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers,” Colbert, 47, who’s earned a loyal fan following with his satirical take on conservative politics and newsmakers, Tweeted. “We are grateful and touched by your concern.”
Also joining Colbert this week, in addition to Pelosi’s slated appearance on Wednesday: Parnassus Books owner Ann Patchett, who will discuss independent bookstores on Monday; Robert Kagan, author of The World America Made, on Tuesday; and opera star Placido Domingo on Thursday.
The network aired repeat episodes last Wednesday and Thursday due to what were described in a statement as “unforeseen circumstances.”
Whether he will address those circumstances now remains unknown. “They are a very private family,” a source close to the host told the New York Post last week. “It’s not surprising that he did not want anyone to know what was going on.”