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Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Barack Obama Among The First Guests On David Letterman’s Netflix Show


Barack and Michelle Obama 'in talks' to produce Netflix content

David Letterman's late-night hiatus is coming to a close. His highly anticipated Netflix show, now revealed to be called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, will begin streaming Jan. 12, and the late-night legend has now also teased his first crop of guests.

It's an insane lineup, to say the least.

What better way to kickstart the show with an episode that features none other than former president Barack Obama himself? That's right. It'll mark Obama's first talk show appearance since leaving the Oval Office in January 2017.

As hinted in the title, Letterman's show is all about high-profile guests. According to the press release, each 60-minute episode features an extraordinary figure whom Letterman finds "fascinating."

"In interviews that take place both inside and outside a studio setting, the conversations are intimate, in-depth and far-reaching, with the levity and humor Dave's fans know and love," the show promises.

In addition to conventional interview settings, the late-night host will also conduct filed pieces in far and wide locations, which will be tied to the iconic guest featured in the episode, and it will give Letterman the chance to dig deeper on particular topics.

Netflix has also released the full guest list for the first season. Kicking it off is Obama, then George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, and finally, Howard Stern. Letterman, who retired from his late-night gig in 2015, says his show is about learning new things.

"You never know when you might learn something, and that's what this is about for me," he says in the just-released teaser.

He said he wants to interview two more guests on the show: President Donald Trump and supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un.

Of the series, Letterman said back in August:

"I got tired of people saying 'What do you want to do?' I did what I wanted to do for 30-plus years. Netflix and the Radical brothers put this show idea together. The thing I like about it is that it fits exactly what I want to do and it's with people I'm fond of working with. It's not 10 hours a day, five days a week."

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction begins streaming on Jan. 12, with new episodes arriving monthly.

You can watch the teaser below. Thoughts about the upcoming show? Can you think of any guests you'd like to see interviewed by Letterman? As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section!

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