The Late Show with David Letterman finale ended less than 24 hours ago, but CBS is already hard at work moving most of the iconic late night set into its new home: a big dumpster outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. According to the New York Post, crews began hauling off parts of the Late Show set this afternoon, throwing out set pieces and theater chairs while shipping off key parts of the set – particularly the George Washington Bridge set piece – off in a truck.
“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.”