David Letterman, icon and personal hero (despite his many shortcomings), is coming out of retirement next year with a new talk show, which will air on Netflix (where else?). It’s not a full-fledged return to a daily talk show, however. It’s a six-episode series in which he will spend one hour “conducting longform conversations” with a single guest. The guests have not been revealed, nor have the topics of conversation.
My dream guest list? Ideally, he’d bring back one of his biggest punching bags in Bill O’Reilly and mock/grill/humiliate him about his sex scandal; maybe spend an hour with Jay Leno talking about old times and their feud (my God, that would be amazing television); another hour with Jon Stewart discussing their retirement; an hour with Oprah Winfrey so that they can catch up; an hour with Hillary Clinton getting the inside scoop on the campaign and her interactions with Donald Trump (and that debate!); and an hour with President Obama, coaxing him into revealing his thoughts on what Trump has done to his legacy.
“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely,” Letterman said in a statement.
The series, which will be pre-recorded, is expected to debut in 2018. No word on whether or not he will still be sporting the beard.