New Orleans Making Case to be Host for Colbert’s ‘Late Show’

This May 4, 2011 image from video released by CBS shows host David Letterman, left, shaking hands with fellow talk show host Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report," during a surprise visit on the "Late Show with David Letterman," in New York. CBS on Thursday, April 10, 2014, announced that Colbert, the host of “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show.” (AP Photo/CBS, Worldwide Pants Inc.)
CBS announced that Stephen Colbert (right), the host of The Colbert Report, will succeed David Letterman (left) as the host of The Late Show. (AP Photo/CBS, Worldwide Pants Inc.)

New York City is home to both The Colbert Report and The Late Show with David Letterman. If anything, that will probably make it an easy move when Stephen Colbert takes the reigns from Letterman at some point in 2015.

But what if the Comedy Central star is up for a bigger move when he heads to CBS?

Well, if that’s the case, there’s a mayor in Louisiana who has already opened his city’s doors, according to The Times-Picayune.

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New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu wrote a letter to CBS CEO Les Moonves, pitching the idea of a late night talk show hosted in the Big Easy.

Landrieu wrote:

In particular, I noticed that both New York and Los Angeles have begun making their case as to why the show should be located in their respective cities. I would like to encourage you to consider adding New Orleans to the mix.


Thought it may seem like an unlikely fit, New Orleans and The Late Show or its successor would be a great fit. New Orleans is a brand unto itself and is particularly attractive for the key demographic you are trying to reach. We offer you not only our unique culture and rich history, but attractive business incentives for film production.

It’s tough to see the network making such a drastic change, especially since it might be tough to convince celebrity guests to take a southern detour to make appearances.

But Landrieu makes some good points, and a fresh backdrop for the new host would bring a welcome change to a late night scene that’s already in flux. Since Colbert is already cemented as host, he should just book the movers and notify Moonves later. It’s not like they would fire him before he even starts the job, right?

(H/T Uproxx)