David Letterman announces Obama, Clooney as guests on new Netflix show

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Veteran former US talk show host David Letterman will return to television on January 12 in a new Netflix show where his first guest will be former US President Barack Obama, Netflix Inc. said on Friday.

The streaming platform teased the new show's January 12 launch in a tweet with a lineup topped by the former U.S. leader: "Obama".

Dave's lineup of influential guests includes George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern and President Barack Obama.

Netflix (nflx) also released a trailer of the new series in which Letterman is shown sporting a long, Walt Whitman-like beard and filmed in a more intimate setting featuring two chairs and a simple backdrop as opposed to his former show's more lavish set. The host has been off television since leaving CBS' "The Late Show" in 2015.

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"My Next Guest Needs No Introduction" marks Letterman's return to the hosting seat following his long run hosting "The Late Show,".

Letterman, 70, who officially retired in 2015 after a 22-year run as the host of Late Show with David Letterman ― a very American melange of celebrity interviews, monologues and sketches ― had said in August that he would be back in 2018 on Netflix.

Comedian Stephen Colbert has since replaced Letterman on the "Late Show".

Obama has laid low since leaving the White House previous year with the exception of a few public appearances and a radio interview with Britain's Prince Harry recorded in September and broadcast last month.

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