Obama's appearance on My Next Guest will be his first on a talk show since leaving office.
Letterman's Late Night With David Letterman ran on NBC from 1982 to 1993. Each episode will feature a different guest, nearly like Letterman's own version of Inside the Actor's Studio, and the rest of the roster includes George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern. The hourlong series will premiere next Friday, and five subsequent episodes will bow monthly through the first half of the year. One will be released per month.
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Produced by RadicalMedia and Letterman's Worldwide Pants Incorporated, for Netflix, each one-hour episode is centered around one guest. Barack Obama was recently seen in a sit-down interview with Prince Harry for BBC. "I couldn't care less about late-night television". Each episode consists of in-depth conversations with a single guest, both in and out of the studio, as well as side field segments related to that guest.
Netflix announced the Letterman series in August. 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.