NYC Council Speaker to CBS: Keep 'Late Show' in Its Longtime Home


Melissa Mark-Viverito wrote her response to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's letter on Thursday evening asking the network to move the show west when it gets a new host.

In a reaction to Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti's plea to CBS to move the Late Show west after David Letterman retires in 2015, the speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, on Friday sent a letter to Les Moonves as well, urging him to keep the program in the place where it originated in 1982.

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"What better place for Late Show," she writes, "than the City That Never Sleeps?"

Here is the text of her letter:

Leslie Moonves
President & CEO CBS Corporation
New York, NY 10019

Dear Mr. Moonves:

The recent announcement that David Letterman will be retiring as the host of the Late Show was sad and surprising news to myself and to millions of other New Yorkers. For 32 years, the Late Show has been a proud part of New York City's amazing entertainment culture.

That is why I'm writing to urge you to keep future production and filming of the Late Show right here in New York City, where the program began and where David Letterman found such great success. 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.

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On top of that, New York continues to be a great place to film. While popular programs are leaving other cities, they're flocking to New York in record numbers. In fact, between 2011 and 2014, the number of TV series produced in New York City shot up from 18 to 27. We also greatly appreciate and understand the industry's ability to create good jobs and support small businesses.

Beyond that, the Late Show has always been an iconic presence of New York City's rich entertainment industry. The history between this city and the Late Show is a defining characteristic, which viewers all over America recognize and appreciate. What better place for the Late Show than the City That Never Sleeps?

I look forward to many more years of the relationship between our city and the Late Show.


Melissa Mark-Viverito

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Mark-Viverito has only been speaker since January. Her spokesman said the letter is a reaction to the one Garcetti wrote, adding that she knows "the Mayor of Los Angeles has made 'runaway' production a project of his. She wants to make sure New York business is protected."

On Friday, New York governor Andrew Cuomo provided the Late Show with its Top 10 list in which he notes (at number one) that this is the first time a New York governor has done such a list.

Number four on the governor's list makes a joke but goes to the heart of the battle to retain the show or lure it to L.A.: "He boosted the local economy by turning the Hello Deli into one of the most famous in the world."