Council Speaker Wants ‘Late Show’ to Stay in New York

President Barack Obama appearing on ''Late Show with David (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

President Barack Obama appearing on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman.’ (Photo: Brendan SmialowskiAFP/Getty Images)

Council Speaker Melissa-Mark Viverito wants the Late Show to stay put.

In a letter to CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves, Ms. Mark-Viverito said that, despite host David Letterman’s surprise retirement and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s lobbying on the issue, the show should should remain Made in New York.

“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,” Ms. Mark-Viveriro wrote in the letter.

“What better place for The Late Show than The City That Never Sleeps?” she asked

Mr. Letterman announced yesterday that he will be retiring next year after more than 20 years as host of the late-night talk show, which films in Midtown Manhattan.

His announcement is just the latest shift in the late-night landscape. Jimmy Fallon recently took the helm of the Tonight Show after Jay Leno’s retirement, and moved the show from Los Angeles to New York.

Read the full letter below:

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.

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 the 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.

Sincerely,

Melissa Mark-Viverito

Speaker