Barack and Michelle Obama in Talks for Netflix Shows

L to R, President Barack Obama looks on as David Letterman hugs First Lady Michelle Obama / Getty Images
March 9, 2018

President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama are reportedly in talks for their own shows on Netflix.

Netflix is in "advanced negotiations" to sign the Obamas for an exclusive series on the streaming service, the New York Times reports. The proposed deal does not yet dictate the format or number of episodes, and it is unknown what kind of money the deal will be worth.

The Obamas will reportedly use the shows to "highlight inspirational stories" rather than respond directly to President Donald Trump.

Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, told the Times that the Obamas want to make the world a better place by telling other people’s stories.

"President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire," Schultz said Thursday. "Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories."

Obama has complained about his treatment by the conservative media and has critiqued it both in and out of office.

"If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you are listening to NPR," Obama said on David Letterman's Netflix interview program in January.

At a forum in Delhi in December, Obama said, "If I watch Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me. I would watch it and say, ‘Who is that guy?’"

Netflix has 118 million subscribers worldwide, giving the Obamas a potential global platform to go along with their extensive social media reach.

Both the Obamas are working on their memoirs after leaving the White House in January of last year. The deal for their memoirs was reportedly worth more than $60 million.