Published May 02, 2016
CBS wasted no time in kicking David Letterman to the curb.
Just hours after Letterman said farewell after 33 years on late-night TV, Ed Sullivan Theater crews hauled off blocks of blue stage and hacked up pieces of the iconic New York City bridges that made up the set of the “Late Show.”
Fans and passers-by gathered around a police barricade cordoning off the Ed Sullivan to watch workers unceremoniously chuck red theater chairs into an overflowing Dumpster and take reciprocating saws to his miniature Brooklyn Bridge.
“It’s an end of an era,” commented onlooker Alex Lafreniere, 24, a fan visiting from Oklahoma.
The complete breakdown of the set is expected to take about a week.
The George Washington Bridge appeared to be one of the few relics spared; it was carefully loaded into a van intact.
“I was literally sitting in one of those seats last night,” said Stephanie Strausz, of Manhattan, who scored a second-row ticket to Wednesday’s star-studded finale.
“I can’t believe they’re just demolishing the whole thing. It’s shocking,” she said.
As stagehands stamped pieces of set into debris, the Letterman lover was able to snatch a bit of dilapidated bridge.
It belongs in the Smithsonian, not the dump, Strausz said.
“I’m ridiculously excited. Now I can leave in peace,” she gloated.
But workers were far less sentimental.
A stagehand said the piles of bridge pieces and particleboard were headed for the dump, adding: “It’s all junk now.”