Continuing the outpouring of kudos for outgoing “Late Show” host David Letterman, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday released his take on a classic Letterman bit.
Here is Cuomo’s Top 10 List of Reasons Why David Letterman Is a New York Legend:
1. He inspired the first top 10 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 10 lists.
10. He has spent more time in the Ed Sullivan Theatre than Ed Sullivan and the Beatles combined.
Letterman has been a late-night fixture in New York City since 1982, when NBC’s “Late Night With David Letterman” premiered.