Stephen Colbert will keep "The Late Show" in NYC when he replaces David Letterman as host of the iconic CBS program next year.
Colbert, who helms the Emmy Award-winning "Colbert Report" on Comedy Central, will continue to broadcast "The Late Show" from its current home at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, according to a Wednesday statement from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
"Today, I am pleased to announce that the 'Late Show" will stay in New York, where it belongs," Cuomo said. "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."
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Cuomo also touted the New York City's long association not only with CBS, but with its signature shows and the entertainment industry in general.
"We're thrilled to continue broadcasting CBS's 'Late Show' from New York and call the Ed Sullivan Theater its home," CBS president Les Moonves said in Cuomo's statement. "David Letterman has graced this hall and city with comedy and entertainment that defined a generation. 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," Moonves continued.
New York City, which edged out Los Angeles as the location for the show, agreed to give CBS $11 million in tax credits from the Excelsior tax credit program that targets job creation, Variety reported
. In turn, CBS has committed to roughly 200 New York-based jobs to support the show's annual production schedule.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti acknowledged to Variety that his efforts to lure "The Late Show" to the West Coast were a long shot, as the city doesn't have the same tax credit incentives.
"This announcement underscores the importance of my work to expand the film and television credit program to create jobs and boost our economy here in California," Garcetti told the celebrity newspaper. "I am focused on passing AB 1839 and improving the filming infrastructure in Los Angeles so that we can once again compete with other states and countries and welcome the next generation of storytellers to the entertainment capital of the world."
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