Obama will be the first guest on Letterman's new Netflix talk show

Barack Obama will be the first guest on Letterman's new show
Barack Obama will be the first guest on Letterman's new show

08 January, 2018

Barack Obama will be the first guest on David Letterman's new Netflix show set to air January 12.

It will be the first talk show Letterman has hosted since he stepped down from CBS' Late Show with David Letterman in May 2015.

Netflix is billing the series as an "event", with new episodes following an unusual pattern and debuting once a month throughout the upcoming year.

Other planned guests over the course of the series include George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.

He is certain to be asked about Donald Trump, even though the former Democratic president has been extremely reticent about his successor.

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As hinted in the title, Letterman's show is all about high-profile guests.

Almost 14 million people watched Letterman's final show on CBS in May 2015.

"You never know when you might learn something", Letterman said about his new show. "Then I didn't have a show for a long time, and I can't tell you how great it is to be out of the damn house", he added in the trailer (which you can view above). According to a press release, the 60-minute episodes will take place "inside and outside a studio setting", featuring field segments on a "specific topic related to the iconic guest featured in the episode". "These are people that I admire". Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told Variety that the company wants to increase its original offerings until it makes up half of the service's entire library.

Sarandos said he hopes Letterman's show will attract more subscribers. It will be Barack Obama's first late-night appearance since he left office, and really one of his first few interviews in general.

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