After four decades of entertaining late-night TV viewers from its studio in Burbank, "The Tonight Show" might be returning to its birthplace on the East Coast, which could be bad news for local businesses that have counted on the show's staff and audiences.
NBC is considering handing over the 11:35 p.m. time slot to Jimmy Fallon, who tapes his “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in New York City. Host Jay Leno's contract for “The Tonight Show” ends in September 2014, but there have been suggestions that the change may happen earlier.
Robert Shapiro, general manager at Milt & Edie's Drycleaners, located just down Alameda Avenue from NBC, said losing “The Tonight Show” would mean a reduction in customers.
“We do get a Christmas card from Jay Leno every year, and we have done work for guests [on the show],” Shapiro said. “And you also have the people who [do] sound [and] lighting who come in here as well.”