The Battle Begins: Cuomo Issues Top 10 List as New York Tries to Keep ‘Late Show’

Cuomo Issues Top10 List as N.Y.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sure to make a pitch for keeping CBS’ successor to “Late Show with David Letterman” in the state, so today he issued a Top Ten list to honor the departing host.

The list is boosterism more than anything else, coming on the heels of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s letter to CBS’  Leslie Moonves on Thursday urging him to move the next “Late Show” to Los Angeles. It doesn’t seem to be even meant to be funny, probably a wise move for any politician trying to mimic the professionals.

On Friday, Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council, sent a letter to Moonves urging him to keep “Late Show” (or whatever the new show is called) in the city. “‘The Late Show’ has always been an iconic presence in New York City’s rich entertainment industry,” she wrote. “What better place for ‘The Late Show’ than The City That Never Sleeps?”

Cuomo’s list is below:

1. He inspired the first top ten list by a New York State Governor.
2. He never left the Empire State for that other coast.
3. He has made us laugh at the Late Show on weeknights for the past 21 years.
4. He boosted the local economy by turning the Hello Deli into one of the most famous in the world.
5. His shows have been nominated for more than 100 Emmy Awards.
6. He contributed to keeping New Yorkers working by giving Paul Shaffer a steady job.
7. He helped New York heal by being the first late night talk show host to come back on the air after September 11, 2001.
8. He continued the Ed Sullivan Theatre’s legacy as a true New York icon by taping more than 4,000 shows at this world-renowned landmark.
9. He has made more than 4,500 top ten lists.
10. He has spent more time in the Ed Sullivan Theatre than Ed Sullivan and the Beatles combined.

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  1. Martinelli says:

    I have loved David Letterman and his entire cast and crew since the first time I saw their show!
    Lisa Martinelli from DFW/LUV aka SWA!!!

  2. Bobbi LaFond says:

    When I think if New York City, I think of David Letterman and all the other famous places, We love you Dave. from Houston, Texas.

  3. Jack says:

    Doesn’t the publicity drivin Cuomo have more important things to do.

  4. John Shea says:

    Or CBS could consider the vast uninhabited and unexplored region in between…

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