Ever since liberal late-night talk-show personality David Letterman hosted his final episode of Late Night on the CBS network on May 20, 2015, he has made several appearances at other events, including the climate change documentary show Years of Living Dangerously as one of the program’s celebrity correspondents.
However, on Friday, January 5, Letterman announced that he was coming out of retirement to host a six-episode, hour-long monthly program entitled My Next Guest Needs No Introduction -- and his first guest on January 12 on the Netflix pay-cable channel will be former President Barack Obama.
The article about Letterman’s return to the small screen was written by James Hibberd of the Entertainment Weekly website, who began by asking: “Ready for your first look at David Letterman’s new talk show?”
Hibberd then pointed readers to the first trailer promoting the new series, which quotes Letterman as stating:
I had a show for a long time, but then I didn’t have a show for a long time, and I can’t tell ya how great it is to get out of the damn house. Wow.
You never know when you might learn something, and that’s what this is about for me. These are people that I admire. On that note, hang on.
Hibberd then added: “Its title suggests a show that’s setting a high bar for booking celebrities with name recognition and Letterman’s first guest certainly qualifies: The show will launch with the first post-presidency TV talk show interview with Barack Obama.”
“So the hour-long premiere,” he stated, “will have two firsts: the former CBS Late Show host emerging from retirement; and the former president giving his first on-camera talk-show chat of the Trump era.”
“Each subsequent episode [is] streaming monthly from February to June,” the reporter noted before listing “Dave’s lineup of influential guests.”
That list contains a number of well-known people, including liberal actor George Clooney, who nevertheless blamed Hillary Clinton for her loss in the 2016 presidential campaign; Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize winner; and Jay-Z, a rapper whose real name is Shawn Carter and who slammed the “Not Guilty” verdict regarding George Zimmerman in his trial after being accused of the murder of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Also announced as guests for Letterman’s new program are: Tina Fey, who is best known for producing the 30 Rock comedy show on NBC; and Howard Stern, best known for his long-running radio program The Howard Stern Show.
Letterman was replaced as host of CBS's The Late Show by liberal comedian Stephen Colbert in 2015.
It’s particularly interesting that none of Letterman’s guests are conservative Republicans while still being described as guests the talk-show host “admires.” Is that a surprise to anyone?