David Letterman returns next week with Obama as his first Netflix guest

"I got exhausted of people saying 'What do you want to do?'" he told Variety about putting the show together in August.

While he was USA president, Obama was a regular guest on the comedian's former programme 'The Late Show with Letterman', which he hosted for 22 years.

Letterman has lined up former US President Barack Obama as his first guest when he makes his TV comeback with his new show "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman", which will air on 12 January. With a name like that, the show would obviously have to pull some big talent to sit across from the long-time late night host, and they did just that by snagging Barack Obama and Jay-Z.

It's a return to form for Letterman, too, who has said he does not miss hosting the "Late Show with David Letterman".

Letterman, 70, signed a deal past year to develop the six-episode Netflix show, for which he will be paid $2 million per episode.

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Future guests include comedian Tina Fey, Hollywood powerhouse George Clooney, rapper Jay-Z, activist Malala Yousafzai, and radio host Howard Stern.

"I had a show for a long time", Letterman said in his new show's trailer. Field segments will bring Letterman to locations far and wide, expressing his curiosity and desire to dig deeper on a specific topic related to the iconic guest featured in the episode.

The new show is part of Netflix's continuing efforts to produce its own shows. "These are people that I admire".

Netflix is billing the series as an "event", with new episodes following an unusual pattern and debuting once a month throughout the upcoming year.

"All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can re-create a common space on the Internet", Obama said.

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