Mayor Garcetti Asks CBS To Move ‘Late Show’ To Los Angeles After Letterman Retires
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday wrote a letter to CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves asking the broadcast company to consider letting “Late Show” move to LA once host David Letterman retires in 2015.
Recently, Los Angeles lost a late night show when Jimmy Fallon moved “The Tonight Show” from Burbank to New York.
Garcetti wrote, “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.”
The mayor added, “I have made the entertainment industry a key priority for my administration. It’s a critical component to our city’s economy and identity. I created the Mayor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Production, and under the leadership of Ken Ziffren, we are aggressively seeking to encourage more production here in Los Angeles by cutting red tape, lending proactive assistance, and by furthering public policy to compete with the financial incentives offered by other states.
I look forward to speaking with you about the possibility of bringing the successor to Mr. Letterman’s show to Los Angeles.”
Garcetti signed off “Sincerely, Eric Garcetti MAYOR.”
At present, all four daytime dramas tape in Los Angeles as do the majority of prime time shows. Other LA talk shows include CBS’ “The Talk,” “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” “Dr. Phil,” “The Doctors,” “The Queen Latifah Show,” the syndicated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”