Dear Stephen Colbert,
Congratulations on your new gig! CBS tells us you've signed a five year contract and will abandon your alter ego... that conservative character on The Colbert Report.
They also so they haven't decided where your new show will be yet. We know you're working in the New York area now, but our Mayor, Eric Garcetti, has been working really hard trying to get the "Late Show" to come to LA. He even wrote a letter to your bosses to have whoever takes over for David Letterman to move here. Looks like you it and here are some ideas for locations for your new office and stage:
Staples Center -- you can do your show, take in a basketball game.
There's the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and right across the street the stage where Jimmy Kimmel does his show. You guys could have lunch!
And, there's that big stage in Burbank where Jay Leno used to work. I hear that's available.
When Leno left "The Tonight Show" Jimmy Fallon took it to New York city officials in Burbank say they felt the impact.
Joy Forbes is Burbank's Community Development Department Director. She says when Leno and company left the city "it really hurt." And, when I asked her if there was room for you to come to Burbank she said yes and "please!"
Some inside "The Colbert Report" told us that they were shocked you were taking a new job. But, the good news is they believe you've always taken care of them and might even offer them work at CBS.
Your new boss, Les Moonves, has called you "the most innovative and respected force on television." And, you fired back that your "thrilled and grateful and now have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."
Reaction out on the streets has been mixed. I mean a lot has been good with an occasional "ehhhh!" That's what one late night viewer on Hollywood Blvd. told me. Others said they thought you'd bring much to the late night landscape.
Meanwhile, David Letterman has said he's excited for you! He calls you a friend. And, he says, he knows CBS wanted another guy with glasses!
Best Wishes from ... Hal Eisner, FOX 11 News.