On Friday, January 12, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman will debut on Netflix with President Barack Obama as the first guest. In a press release in August 2017 announcing the series, Netflix indicated that the funnyman will explore “in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor. In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a singular guest—and will also explore topics on his own, away from the studio.”
The series will stream on a monthly basis from February to June. The lineup of other guests includes George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, and Howard Stern.
Just over two years ago, Letterman left a 33-year career in late-night television as an industry icon, reinventing the genre with over 6,028 episodes of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS). An audience of 13.76 million watched his final episode on May 20, 2015. Since then, he has made few public appearances outside of annual visits to his beloved Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch the 500, notably driver Graham Rahal, who drives for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team, of which Letterman is part owner.