Obama would be the first visitor on “My Subsequent Visitor Wants No Introduction with David Letterman,” set to start Jan. 12, Netflix introduced Friday. The interview shall be among the many few Obama has given since leaving workplace early final yr.
It is a return to type for Letterman, too, who has stated he doesn’t miss internet hosting the “Late Present with David Letterman.” Since its last episode in Might 2015, he is prevented watching the present – now hosted by Stephen Colbert – or visiting as a visitor. He has, nevertheless, been on Howard Stern and some podcasts. He spoke on the dedication of a statue for retired Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in Indianapolis in October and accepted the distinguished Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on the Kennedy Middle in Washington later that month.
Letterman, 70, signed a deal final yr to develop the six-episode Netflix present, for which he can be paid $2 million per episode.
“I had a present for a very long time,” Letterman stated in his new present’s trailer. “Then I did not have a present for a very long time – and I can not inform you how nice it’s to be out of the rattling home. Wow.”
Along with Obama, different friends on the present embrace George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Tina Fey, Jay-Z and Howard Stern. In every hour-lengthy episode Letterman may have an extended-type dialog with the visitor throughout a variety of subjects.
“You by no means know if you may study one thing,” Letterman stated of his new present. “And that is what that is about for me. These are those that I like.”
The brand new present is a part of Netflix’s persevering with efforts to supply its personal exhibits. Not solely did the corporate pull Letterman out of retirement, nevertheless it purchased Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Automobiles Getting Espresso” collection final yr and launched two Dave Chappelle stand-up specials on New Yr’s Eve. Netflix’s chief content material officer, Ted Sarandos, advised Selection that the corporate needs to extend its unique choices till it makes up half of the service’s complete library. It goals to spend $7 billion on content material subsequent yr – up from greater than $6 billion over the previous yr and $5 billion in 2016.
Sarandos stated he hopes Letterman’s present will appeal to extra subscribers.
“Some individuals will be a part of Netflix to observe that,” Sarandos advised New York Occasions reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin on the Vainness Truthful New Institution Summit in Los Angeles, in line with Yahoo Finance. “There’s some individuals who won’t give up as a result of the present’s approaching subsequent month.”
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