David Letterman Scores Barack Obama as First Guest on Netflix Talk Show

06 January, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Evan Mason
  • Former President Barack Obama will be the first guest on David Letterman's monthly interview show on Netflix.                  Joe Pugliese  Netflix

Netflix is serious about launching David Letterman's new six-episode, one-hour talk show series.

The six-episode series will debut January 12, and new, hour-long episodes will roll out monthly throughout 2018.

Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to give his first post-White House interview in the US next week on David Letterman's new Netflix show.

Netflix has released a teaser for David Letterman's upcoming series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

"'My Next Guest' is centered around one extraordinary figure whom Dave finds fascinating", Netflix said in a statement.

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"And then the first day of Stephen's show, when he went on the air, an energy left me and I felt like, 'You know, that's not my problem anymore, '" Letterman told NBC's Tom Brokaw in 2016. He will also host Jay-Z, Howard Stern, George Clooney, Tina Fey, and Nobel Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafza.

Taking his usual late night hijinks in a more serious direction seems like a natural progression in Letterman's semi-retirement, as the 70-year-old comedian's material has grown more political and socially conscious in later years. Obama will be the inaugural guest on the show's first episode, marking his first television talk show appearance since leaving office.

The series is produced by RadicalMedia and WorldWide Pants Incorporated.

"I got exhausted of people saying 'What do you want to do?'" Letterman told Variety in August.

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