New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says Colbert’s Show ‘Belongs’ in Manhattan

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that he is urging CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves to keep Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” in New York and at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

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.

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  1. John Shea says:

    Meanwhile New York and California also compete to impose the highest double-digit state income taxes on more ordinary individuals.

    • Truth says:

      It is always like that – tax breaks/incentives/handouts for those at the top (you know the supposed “job creators”) while regular, hard-working Americans pay the burden of taxes. And that’s how it is for both parties – people gotta wake up, neither Dems nor Reps do anything significant to benefit the common folk when it comes to taxation. At best, you get a few bucks back while those at the top pay nothing or get a huge tax rebate.

      • John Shea says:

        Even wealthy individuals need to realize that their best interests do not always lie with large corporations. Self employed people pay higher tax rates than large corporations even if they incorporate. And politicians prefer to announce single big new projects than nurture the many smaller businesses that provide more stable employment.

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