David Letterman has lined up former president Barack Obama to be his first guest when he returns to a TV talk show later this month.
President Barack Obama, Howard Stern, George Clooney, Tina Fey, and Malala Yousafzai are also slated to appear on the 60-minute monthly series. 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.
This screengrab shows a preview of David Letterman (R)'s interview with former United States president Barack Obama which will be shown on Netflix.
"My Next Guest Needs No Introduction" marks Letterman's return to the hosting seat following his long run hosting "The Late Show,". Obama's episode - which marks the former Commander in Chief's first talk-show appearance since leaving office - will be released on January 12; subsequent episodes will follow monthly.
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News of the series was first announced in August.
The first episode of Letterman's new show will be Obama's first televised talk-show interview since leaving the presidency in 2017. It will be his first talk show appearance since leaving the White House in January of a year ago.
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.