Letterman lands Obama as first guest on new Netflix show

Obama will join Letterman on January 12 for the launch of the new "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" on Netflix. Having President Obama as his first guest is an attention-grabbing "get" in show biz circles, allowing Letterman to stretch his legs comedically while tackling bigger issues - and without worrying about angering advertisers.

The one-hour, six-episode series will stream monthly.

The first episode of Letterman's new show will be Obama's first televised talk-show interview since leaving the presidency in 2017.

David Letterman's anticipated return date to television is set.

Other notable guests on the show will be George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.

Letterman's interview with Obama will mark the former president's first television talk show appearance since he left office in January previous year. He's just the first in a series of big names in store for the series with each episode focusing on "one extraordinary figure whom Dave finds fascinating". In addition, Letterman will participate in field segments to dig deeper on a specific topic related to the guest featured in the episode.

Comedian Stephen Colbert has since replaced Letterman on the "Late Show".

Letterman, 70, left his job as host of The Late Show in May 2015, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family after more than 30 years on late night television.

  • Jacqueline Ellis