NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging CBS to keep “The Late Show” in New York City after David Letterman retires.
Letterman announced last week that he will step away from the show sometime in 2015. He has taped from The Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan since he moved to CBS in 1993.
His successor has not yet been named nor has CBS committed to keeping the show in New York.
De Blasio said he spoke to CBS President Leslie Moonves on Monday about keeping the show in the Big Apple.
“I had a very good conservation yesterday with the man who will actually make that decision, Les Moonves, and I emphasized that New York has been an extraordinary home for ‘The Late Show,'” de Blasio said.
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is asking CBS to move “The Late Show” to California. Garcetti’s push came after “The Tonight Show” left Los Angeles to film in Manhattan earlier this year.
“Los Angeles can produce the best shows at the best cost and we want to make sure people continue to see that,” Garcetti said. “It would be a great shot in the arm for the city.”
Many New Yorkers agreed the show should stay in New York City.
“It should stay in New York, that’s part of the appeal. I’m from New York, I’m for everything New York, so my opinion is going to be a little biased,” said Queens resident Edgar Guzman.
“Didn’t it start in New York?” asked Melissa McLean. “Yeah. It lived here, let it die here.”
In all, Letterman’s shows have received 108 Emmy nominations and eight wins. He also won a Peabody Award in 1992.
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