Obama to Be First Guest on David Letterman's New Netflix Show

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January 5, 2018

Former President Barack Obama will be the first guest on comedian David Letterman's new Netflix show, which is set to launch next week, according to the streaming service.

Netflix announced that the new show, titled "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman," will be released monthly, starting next Friday, and will include guest appearances from George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, and Howard Stern, Variety reported Friday.

Produced by RadicalMedia and Letterman's Worldwide Pants Incorporated, for Netflix, each one-hour episode is centered around one guest. Interviews will take place both inside and outside a studio setting. In addition, Letterman will participate in field segments to dig deeper on a specific topic related to the guest featured in the episode.

News of the series was first announced in August. It marks Letterman's first TV gig since he signed off of "The Late Show" in 2015. He ended a storied 33-year run in late-night TV that began with his 1982-1993 residency on NBC's "Late Night." In 2016, Letterman toplined a well-received episode of National Geographic Channel's "Years of Living Dangerously" series in which he traveled to India to examine the real-world impact of climate change.

Letterman's show will be the latest talk show to run on Netflix. Liberal comedian Chelsea Handler previously had a talk show called "Chelsea," but she announced back in October that her show would end after two seasons.

"From the national level down to the grassroots, it's clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation," Handler said in a statement. "For these reasons, I've decided not to return for another season of 'Chelsea,' and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me."