Veteran late-night television host David Letterman is coming out of his retirement to return to host a new talk show, this time with video streaming giant Netflix. Letterman has announced the roster of guests to appear on the new talk show series, the first of which will be none other than former president Barrack Obama.
The elite line up of guests was announced through a trailer for the new show, which is entitled “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.” Aside from the former head of state, Letterman will be interviewing actor and producer George Clooney, activist and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, musician Jay-Z, comedian and producer Tina Fey, and broadcast personality Howard Stern.
The first episode of the new show will be released on Friday, while subsequent episodes will be released once a month. The new talk show series will include six episodes, all of which will be released this year.
Obama’s appearance will be his first talk show guesting since leaving the White House last year.
In each of the hour-long episodes, Letterman will conduct long-form conversations with his guests, while exploring topics related to them on his own. The episodes will take an in-depth look at Letterman’s guests, with interviews taking place both inside and outside of a studio.
The 70-year old host will reportedly be traveling to various locations for the interviews. “Field segments will bring Dave to locations far and wide, expressing his curiosity and desire to dig deeper on a specific topic related to the iconic guest featured in the episode,” said Netflix in a press release.
Netflix first announced the show in August, confirming that Letterman will be coming out of retirement to do the show. “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix,” said the comedic host. “Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first.”
Letterman previously retired in 2015 after serving as the host of the “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS for 33 years. He is the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history.