Official: NY tax breaks would apply to 'Tonight'

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 01:30 hrs

If New York isn't trying hard to lure "The Tonight Show" back to Manhattan, it's doing a pretty good impression.

A Cuomo administration official said Thursday that New York is trying to lure TV shows from California with a proposed tax credit program and the "Tonight" show would qualify if it decides to move back to Manhattan.

The show started in 1954 and moved to Burbank in 1972 with host Johnny Carson.

But there is no deal with NBC or the "Tonight" show, and the official wouldn't say if the state is trying to attract the show. The person wasn't authorized to comment on any potential deals and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

A bill in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pending budget would need legislative approval.

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