When Jimmy Fallon took over for Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show, Fallon moved the show from NBC Studios in Burbank, California, where it had been filmed since 1972, back to 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City where the original Tonight Show with Johnny Carson was filmed.
David Letterman has hosted the Late Show with David Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City since the show’s premiere in 1993. When it was announced that Stephen Colbert would take over after Letterman retirement in 2015, it raised questions as to where the Late Show with Stephen Colbert would be filmed. There were reports that New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Connecticut were competing with each other in to acquire the show’s filming location, but nothing had been announced.
Today, that speculation was put to rest as Deadline reports that the Late Show with Stephen Colbert will remain at the Ed Sullivan Theater. According to the report, keeping the show in New York includes a commitment from CBS for about 200 New York-based jobs to support year-round production on the show.
CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves issued the following statement in regards to the announcement:
“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,” Cuomo said. “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 Theater for years to come.”
“We’re thrilled to continue broadcasting CBS’s LATE SHOW from New York and call the Ed Sullivan Theater its home,” said Moonves. “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. We’re excited to be here in late night for many years to come.”
“The LATE SHOW has always been a New York institution, and we are very excited that CBS has chosen to continue broadcasting from the city that never sleeps,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “Today’s announcement is also great economic news, since the LATE SHOW is making a significant investment which includes approximately 200 jobs and will foster a steady stream of tourism revenue for local businesses and hotels.”
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