Former Late Show host to host new, monthly chat show on Netflix starting this Friday, January 12
David Letterman returns to screens
David Letterman is out of retirement and returning to television with a six-episode, 60-minute Netflix talk show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. The first episode, which will feature Barack Obama’s first talk show appearance since leaving office in 2017, will stream on Friday, January 12, and a new episode will be made available each subsequent month in 2018. Other guests confirmed for the new show so far include George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.
Produced by RadicalMedia and Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, Incorporated, for Netflix, each 60-minute episode of My Next Guest is centered around one extraordinary figure whom the host finds fascinating. In interviews that take place both inside and outside a studio setting, the conversations are intimate, in-depth and far-reaching. Field segments will bring Letterman 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.
Letterman retired from Late Show duty in May 2015 after hosting 6,028 episodes of the show and its predecessor, Late Night with David Letterman. In July of the same year, the veteran host admitted he may have acted prematurely while guesting on stage with Steve Martin and Martin Short in Texas: “I retired, and... I have no regrets," he told the crowd. “I was happy. I'll make actual friends. I was complacent. I was satisfied. I was content, and then a couple of days ago Donald Trump said he was running for president. I have made the biggest mistake of my life, ladies and gentlemen."
On announcing the new Netflix show last August, Letterman commented: “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here’s what I have learned - if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first.”