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David Letterman, a myth that doesn't retire

His new program on Netflix kicks off with Barack Obama's first television interview after leaving the White House

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David Letterman, a myth that doesn't retire

David Letterman returns to American television after two years of absence. It does this Friday with premiere of a series of interviews for Netflix in which famous presenter and humorist will count on former president Barack Obama as first guest. The streaming television platform adds to one of great icons of audiovisual entertainment, looking to elevate its subscribers with a formula that still has to show that it works.

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Letterman grew a thick beard as he moved away from cameras in July 2015, after 22 years in front of Late Show on CBS. It seemed a definitive withdrawal, but its return was announced after closing last August an agreement with platform. It was n agreed that series would be produced by RadicalMedia and Worldwide pants.

Keep that dense beard in latest promotional video of program — in Spain is titled No need for Presentation — which premieres with first televised interview that Obama concedes a week before it is a year since he left White House. The staging will be intimate: only two chairs on stage and a very simple background that contrasts with ornate décor of his old program, which he performed in new York.

"I can't tell you how fantastic it is to leave house," he says in space ad, which contrasts with "I don't want to do it anymore" from his farewell. Since n, Solo has made an episode of a documentary series for National Geographic on climate change. "You're seeing a man who laughs on outside, but cries inside," said comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who stayed with part of his team.

"I look like a statue of Civil war, but I don't know if I got kicked out or if I retired," Letterman admits. So he showed how much he missed set. The last time he interviewed Obama was when he was finishing his program on CBS. It was eighth conversation between m and two were prepared to retire. Now come back toger. "I am a different person; The big challenge in life is to be better every day, he says.

Unlike its previous program, this will focus on each delivery in a single guest and interview will be developed both inside and outside studio. Letterman seeks in this way to "explore" fields that allow guest to "express ir curiosity" and investigate more personal issues, according to producers.

The program starts with six deliveries, one per month until end of June. In addition to Obama, Letterman will interview actor George Clooney, rapper Jay-Z, comedian Tina Fey, radio host Howard Stern and activist Malate Yousafzai.

The figure of presenter, aged 70, has also been surrounded by controversies. In 2009, he revealed live that he had sex with several of his employees when he was married to his current wife, Regina Lask. Admitted it might have been a good reason to fire him. Presenters like Ann Curry questioned wher ir conduct perpetuated a sexist environment.

Letterman directed The Late Show between 1993 and 2015. When he said goodbye, his audience was around 14 million spectators. His career had taken off in 1983 on NBC with Late Night. The two programs are issued in traditional generalist chains. Netflix is a very different distribution model, with 110 million of subscribers in more than 190 countries.

Comedians in ' streaming '

Internet television platforms have become a new way of recycling also for or American humorists. Chelsea handler went from E-chain! To Netflix, where his weekly program, also of interviews, remained for two seasons.

Last September, he also debuted on Netflix first special program of Jerry Seinfeld, who also reached an agreement to make his comedians in Cars Getting coffee available on platform in streaming. In this space, creator of iconic series of nineties that brought his surname interview personalities while driving around city.

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