Mayor Bill de Blasio urged CBS to keep the "Late Show" in New York City. Credit: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS
Mayor Bill de Blasio placed a personal call to CBS head Leslie Moonves on Monday, encouraging the network to keep the "Late Show" in New York City after host David Letterman leaves next year.
"I emphasized that New York has been an extraordinary home for the 'Late Show' and that we think it'll be a great home for the 'Late Show' going forward," de Blasio said on Tuesday.
Letterman announced last week he will be leaving the show after more than 20 years. Shortly after, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti penned a letter to Moonves, asking the CBS president and CEO to move "Late Show" across the country. But de Blasio said New York is the right setting.
"I think we have so much to offer, and the proof is in the pudding," the mayor said. "Obviously, David Letterman made rich use of this surrounding environment of New York City and I hope that his successor will do the same."
On Friday, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wrote her own letter to Moonves, telling him, "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."