After speculation that the “Late Show” would move to Los Angeles when Stephen Colbert replaces David Letterman, New York can now just say “fuhgeddaboudit!”
CBS has officially announced plans to keep the show in the city when Letterman retires.
“We’re thrilled to continue broadcasting CBS’s Late Show from New York and call the Ed Sullivan Theater its home,” said Leslie Moonves, CBS President and CEO in a statement. “When Dave decides to pass the baton next year, we look forward to welcoming Stephen Colbert, one of the most innovative and respected forces on TV, to this storied television theater. I would also like to applaud Gov. Cuomo for all that he has done to keep New York a vibrant and attractive location for all forms of television production. We’re excited to be here in late night for many years to come.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network will be eligible for $11 million in tax credits in five years and $5 million in grants to offset renovations of the theatre.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also issued a statement about the show.
“Today, I am pleased to announce that the Late Show will stay in New York, where it belongs. New York has long been an international entertainment leader, and with this commitment from CBS we are beginning the next chapter in that proud history. The television and film industries are thriving in the Empire State – creating jobs and fueling dozens of other sectors across the state. Les Moonves and CBS have made the right decision in choosing to continue investing in New York, and as David Letterman passes the baton to Stephen Colbert, I look forward to watching The Late Show from the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre for years to come,” said Governor Cuomo.
Colbert’s current show “The Colbert Report” is also taped in New York, so it looks like the comedian won’t have to pack up his things and move when he gets his new job in 2015.
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