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David Letterman is leaving retirement to host a Netflix series

David Letterman is leaving retirement to host a Netflix series

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Netflix just announced the latest addition to its roster of originals: a longform talk show from David Letterman. The six-episode series, which doesn’t yet have a name, will feature Letterman having lengthy conversations with people he admires. He’ll also leave the studio and do some real-world reporting, according to Netflix.

Letterman retired from hosting The Late Show in 2015, and has managed to stay relatively under the radar since then. But one of Netflix’s go-to moves, at least when it comes to comedy, seems to be bringing A-listers back into the spotlight they once avoided. Dave Chapelle’s recent standup specials for Netflix were his first in more than a decade, and this past winter, the company announced that it was working on a stand-up special from Ellen DeGeneres. Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is also leaving Crackle this year for Netflix.

Netflix got Letterman

“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix,” Letterman said in a statement. “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’s series is set to premiere sometime in 2018.