After retiring from The Late Show in 2015, David Letterman is back with a new series to air on Netflix that is set to launch on Jan.12. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman will feature six monthly installments where the legendary host will interview people that he finds particularly interesting. To the delight of many, President Barack Obama will be his first guest.
Booking the former Commander-In-Chief was quite the feat. Obama’s appearance on the show will mark the first talk show appearance he has made since leaving the Oval Office last year. Rapper Jay Z, actor George Clooney, comedian Tina Fey, radio shock jock Howard Stern, and Pakistani Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will be featured in the other five episodes.
Letterman aims to delve into topics specifically related to these guests in each one-hour episode. The format, however, won’t be limited to the famous talk show host just sitting behind his desk with the guest on the couch. They will travel to destinations outside the studio to continue their conversations. Letterman will draw on his background as a comedian to engage his guests and hopefully learn something new about each of them.
“I’m of the opinion that irrespective of the topic and regardless of who you’re talking with — I just think if you go to dinner with Person A or Person B, sooner or later there’s going to be something funny that happens or is said that is either in context of a greater topic or adjunct to a greater topic,” Letterman told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t have a news background or a journalism background, but I have to believe there will be some silliness regardless.”
The talk show host wanted to interview Donald J. Trump for the series in hopes of getting him to answer some pointed questions about his controversial actions, “calmly get him to sign some papers,” and “have him leave the White House.” North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was also on Letterman’s wish list. But what he is happiest about, Letterman joked recently, is he “can’t tell you how great it is to be out of the damn house.”