NEW YORK -- David Letterman fans, or people hoping to cash in on "Late Show" memorabilia, took to trash bins outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan Thursday. Although David Letterman signed off for the last time just hours before, crews wasted no time stripping the Ed Sullivan Theater of it’s “Late Show” set Thursday.
Fans dove into Dumpsters outside the theater on Broadway, pulling out whatever they could find that was left of the iconic set.
“I got a piece of the Manhattan bridge from Dave’s backdrop,” said Rob Ribar.
According to a Letterman spokesperson, Dave has reserved some of the set pieces for himself, and some items are being sent to institutions that have requested them. Many items that could not be preserved or stored, a spokesperson says, are being disposed.
Sources told PIX11 News that the set is undergoing renovation for Colbert’s launch, which is slated for September.