Obama to be the first guest on David Letterman’s new Netflix show

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Seated with talk show host David Letterman, U.S. President Barack Obama makes an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City in this September 18, 2012, file photo. Letterman, longtime host of television's "The Late Show" on CBS, will retire from the network in about a year and discussed his plans to leave during the taping of his show on Thursday, a source with knowledge of the program said, April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Veteran former US talk show host David Letterman will return to television on January 12 in a new Netflix show where his first guest will be former US President Barack Obama, Netflix said on Friday.

Titled My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, the six-episode series will also feature interviews with actor George Clooney, rapper Jay-Z, radio shock jock Howard Stern, comedian Tina Fey and Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the streaming service said.

Letterman’s interview with Obama will mark the former president’s first television talk show appearance since he left office in January 2017.

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.

His return to television for Netflix was announced in August 2017, when the quick-witted host said that Pope Francis and President Donald Trump would be top of his wish-list for the series.

Netflix said the new series would consist of 60-minute episodes centered around “one extraordinary figure whom Dave finds fascinating” and that the interviews would take place both inside and outside a studio setting.