Los Angeles, New York politicians make pleas to CBS after David Letterman announces retirement

By Daniel S Levine,

Politicians in both New York and Los Angeles have sent letters to CBS, with New York hoping The Late Show stays in New York and Los Angeles hoping it heads to the West Coast.

Right after David Letterman announced his decision to retire next year, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote a letter to the network, noting that it would be fantastic if CBS took the show west. Of course, LA just lost The Tonight Show when Jimmy Fallon moved it back to New York.

“As a longtime fan, I was saddened to hear of David Letterman’s retirement. But as Mayor of Los Angeles, I am excited for the opportunity to encourage you to bring CBS’ next late night show to our city — the entertainment capital of the world,” Garcetti wrote, reports CBS LA.

Meanwhile, The New York Observer reports that NYC Council Speaker Melissa-Mark Viverito sent her own letter to CBS chief Les Moonves, pleading for The Late Show to star.

“New York City has always been the home of The Late Show, and nothing could be better for the future of the program than to continue in that tradition when the torch is passed to a new host,” Viverito wrote. “What better place for The Late Show than The City That Never Sleeps?”

Finally, in another effort to show how important it is to keep The Late Show in the Ed Sullivan Theater, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo penned his own Top 10 List of “Reasons Why David Letterman is a New York Legend.”

CBS has plenty of time to pick Letterman’s successor, but the speculation is already running wild in Hollywood.

Here’s Cuomo’s list:

He inspired the first top ten list by a New York State Governor.
He never left the Empire State for that other coast.
He has made us laugh at the Late Show on weeknights for the past 21 years.
He boosted the local economy by turning the Hello Deli into one of the most famous in the world.
His shows have been nominated for more than 100 Emmy Awards.
He contributed to keeping New Yorkers working by giving Paul Shaffer a steady job.
He helped New York heal by being the first late night talk show host to come back on the air after September 11, 2001.
He continued the Ed Sullivan Theatre’s legacy as a true New York icon by taping more than 4,000 shows at this world-renowned landmark.
He has made more than 4,500 top ten lists.
He has spent more time in the Ed Sullivan Theatre than Ed Sullivan and the Beatles combined.



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