Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other film industry supporters are still smarting from NBC's decision to move "The Tonight Show" this year from Burbank back to New York after more than four decades in Southern California, a move that cost more than 150 jobs locally and symbolized the region's vulnerability to runaway production.
NBC took advantage of tax breaks offered by New York state to lure more film and TV production, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"As a longtime fan, I was saddened to hear of David Letterman's retirement," Garcetti said in a letter to CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves on Thursday after the comedian told a "Late Show" audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan that he would retire next year.
"But as Mayor of Los Angeles, I am excited for the opportunity to encourage you to bring CBS' next late night show to our city -- the entertainment capital of the world," Garcetti added.
Follow on Twitter:@rverrier