Netflix is bringing the former US president, Barack Obama on board for David Letterman’s next talk show which will be airing soon on the popular streaming network.
Obama will be the first guest on “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman,” set to begin Jan. 12, Netflix announced Friday. The interview will be among the few Obama has given since leaving office early last year.
This talk show will mark it as the return of Letterman who has been off the grid since his last show, “Late Show with David Letterman” in May, 2015 which is now hosted by Stephen Colber.
Letterman, 70, signed a deal last year to develop the six-episode Netflix show, for which he will be paid $2 million per episode.
“I had a show for a long time,” Letterman said in his new show’s trailer. “Then I didn’t have a show for a long time — and I can’t tell you how great it is to be out of the damn house. Wow.”
Apart from Obama, we expect to see more guests which will include the likes of George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Tina Fey, Jay-Z and Howard Stern. In each hour-long episode Letterman will have a long-form conversation with the guest across a range of topics.
“You never know when you might learn something,” Letterman said of his new show. “And that’s what this is about for me. These are people that I admire.”
This bold move by Netflix shows its determination and willingness to spend and develop it’s own shows so as to add it’s already beaming variety of show-casings. They have even gone as far as buying Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” series last year and released two Dave Chappelle stand-up specials on New Year’s Eve.
Netflix is hoping to win more subscribers and with its new tactics, they’re definitely going to pause a threat to Amazon Prime and other streaming services.
Obama’s first interview since leaving office was with Prince Harry, who was serving as a guest host on BBC Radio 4’s popular “Today” program. We anxiously await to see what Letterman’s talk show has in store for us.
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project.
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