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Barack Obama Will Be David Letterman's First Guest on Netflix Talk Show
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12 Jan 2018 01:03 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: David Letterman (Image Source: Sarah E. Freeman/Grady College via Wikimedia Commons)

The time has finally come — for two different events: David Letterman is finally making his return to a talk show format, and his first guest will be Barack Obama, in his first appearance on a talk show since he left office nearly a year ago.

The longtime talk-show host started his career as a weatherman in Indiana before heading to California. He launched his career as a comedy writer and appeared on several series, then became the regular guest host on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Tapped for his own morning talk show, it didn't last long, but he then got a second chance: Late Night with David Letterman on NBC. He expected to take over The Tonight Show once Carson retired and was deeply disappointed when the position went to Jay Leno. He moved his show to CBS to directly compete with Leno and stayed there until retiring in May 2015.

Last August it was announced that the streaming giant is bringing Letterman out of retirement. He'll host a 60-minute talk show but will only do one a month for a total of six months, leaving him to still be semi-retired.

His first guest will be former President Barack Obama who retired a short time after Letterman when he relinquished the White House to Donald Trump. The other five guests throughout the series' six-episode run will be George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Tina Fey, and Howard Stern.

Letterman's Worldwide Pants will produce, along with RadicalMedia. While Obama is a slam-dunk as a first guest, at one point the host had mentioned he wanted Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump to be his first guests.

While at one point Trump and Letterman had a congenial relationship as interviewer and interviewee, his wish is now to interview the President and call him out on some things Letterman hasn't been able to address while retired.

Perhaps the reason this interview isn't happening is because Trump hasn't sat down in anyone's interview chair, even those he used to frequent before.

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