CBS has not decided where to locate the show, although the choice of Colbert would suggest the network will keep it on the East Coast given his mix of political and entertainment guests on “The Colbert Report.” Colbert says that he does not plan to stay in character on his new show, but he indicated that he would retain his same staff, who would have to be uprooted in any move out west.
“With East Coast-based host Stephen Colbert taking the reins of the ‘Late Show,’ it’s clear we should keep the show where it belongs — here in New York,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I am calling CBS [resident and chief executive officer Leslie Moonves and urging that CBS continue the ‘Late Show’s’ history of filming in New York’s own Ed Sullivan Theater.”
Before the selection of Colbert, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city’s film czar, Ken Ziffren, called Moonves to urge him to relocate “Late Show.” There also has been talk of adding provisions to pending legislation to expand California’s production tax incentive to enable a talkshow like Colbert’s to qualify. Language was inserted into Cuomo’s state budget last year to enable “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to qualify for tax incentives as it relocated from Burbank, so it there is a chance that the rivalry for Colbert could turn into a bottom-line competition between the two locales to offer the best tax breaks.