Over two and half years since he announced his retirement and said goodbye to the late night television talk show career that spanned more than 30 years, Letterman will again be visiting you in the comfort of your own home. But this time he'll be streaming his biting wit via a new talk show series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (MNGNNI) on Netflix.
The fun starts January 12 with fellow retiree, former President Barack Obama, in his first talk show appearance since he left office last January.
With Letterman looking more like Yorkdale's Fashion Santa than the formerly buttoned up host of The Late Show, Netflix announced MNGNNI's roster of guests with a trailer. In it, Letterman seems geared up for a different kind of interaction with his guests — maybe something a little more appropriate for the new platform.
I love them both and I desperately want to take a scissors to Letterman's chin.— Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down (@Pulpiteer) January 5, 2018
I can’t watch until Letterman loses the Santa beard— Joanne Bamberger (@JLCBamberger) January 5, 2018
Letterman's inaugural show with Obama kicks off a six-episode list that aims to get and keep your attention with guests like actor George Clooney, actor/writer/comedian/and all-around-bawse Tina Fey, rapper Jay-Z, radio personality Howard Stern, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Netflix says the new series will comprise 60-minute episodes focusing on "one extraordinary figure whom Dave finds fascinating," and promises fans the new show will have "the levity and humor Dave's fans know and love."
Will this be a Letterman we've never seen before? A new, edgier, more unguarded Letterman? If his interview last May in GQ is any indication, we may all be in for a real treat.
I don't do what I used to do. Don't even ask me to do what I used to do. Whenever I happen to see a picture of myself, I think, 'Oh yeah, that's the guy you want to be.' Because I got so sick and tired of seeing myself with a coat and tie: Mr. Jackass on TV.
We feel you, Dave, and can't wait to see the new you.