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Garcetti to CBS: Move 'Late Night' to L.A. After Letterman Retires

With Jimmy Fallon taking "The Tonight Show" to New York, the Los Angeles mayor believes a talk show should be centered in the "entertainment capital of the world."

Twitter photo from 'Late Night' with David Letterman, with Pres. Obama.
Twitter photo from 'Late Night' with David Letterman, with Pres. Obama.

Originally posted at 8:10 a.m. April 4, 2014. Edited to add more details. 

Mayor Eric Garcetti today reacted to David Letterman's plans to retire next year by asking CBS to place his successor in Los Angeles.

He told CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves in a letter that, as a fan, he was saddened by Letterman's announcement on his New York City-based show Thursday.

"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," said the letter released by Garcetti's spokesman, Yusef Robb. "I  have made the entertainment industry a key priority for my administration."

Garcetti noted that his administration seeks to encourage more production in Los Angeles and added: "I look forward to speaking with you about the possibility of bringing the successor to Mr. Letterman's show to Los Angeles."

A CBS spokesman today confirmed they received Garcetti's letter, but said the company is declining to comment further.

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" was taped in Burbank until Jimmy Fallon took over in February, when the NBC late-night program moved to New York.

--City News Service


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