This is not the time for CBS Chief Executive
When CBS said Thursday that Colbert was taking over for
To be sure, even with NBC's "Tonight Show" in the Big Apple, there is no shortage of late-night programs based in Los Angeles.
While at one point L.A. might have been the better locale to book big-name Hollywood stars as guests, that is no longer the case. Movie and TV production is plentiful on the East Coast and Letterman has not had any problems getting so-called A-listers to appear on his show.
Also, unlike New York, Los Angeles doesn't have the carrot of a tax credit to dangle to CBS to help persuade it to move "The Late Show" to the West Coast.
Another factor is that CBS already has a natural home for Colbert, the
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has also been vocal about his desire to keep "Late Show" there.
Other potential homes for Colbert could be New Jersey or Connecticut. However, that would mean pretty high car service bills for CBS.
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