Is This Letterman’s New Forum for Bashing the President?
Former late-night host, now 70, has a Netflix show debuting next year — and one can imagine its subject matter
It appears retirement didn’t suit 70-year-old David Letterman too well, as the former star of late-night TV is already planning a comeback only two years after exiting as the host of “The Late Show,” now headed by Stephen Colbert.
A new six-episode series from Letterman will debut in 2018 on Netflix — and will reportedly feature in-depth interviews.
“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 announcing the program.
It’s no surprise to see the former late-night host returning to a talk show, as he’s been making headlines ever since his retirement.
“I’m feeling anxious. I find, since I don’t have a show anymore, I can’t stop talking,” he told comedian Tina Fey in a Hollywood Reporter interview piece last year.
Letterman has grown incredibly vocal recently when it comes to politics — especially about President Donald Trump.
“I’m disappointed that this man is representing me and my country,” Letterman told GQ in a May interview, adding bluntly, “It makes me sick.”
He also suggested in a later interview with the Associated Press that people need to figure out a way to “remove” Trump from office.
If those comments aren’t enough to provide a suggestion of an idea of what Letterman’s new show will look like — one should review a video series he recently made for Funny or Die, in which he talked to Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). The two men discussed climate change as well as the issues they have with the current administration.
There’s a good chance Letterman’s new show will be one more tired platform for obsessing over Trump. There’s already “Saturday Night Live,” a “Weekend Update” spinoff, Comedy Central’s “The President Show” — and now an animated comedy coming from Stephen Colbert, which will mock the Trump family.
If Letterman does decide to simply go political and focus his energy entirely on attacking Trump, as have so many others, it will be a sad bookend to a career that included hosting over 6,000 episodes of “The Late Show,” which led to a staggering 52 Emmy nominations, and 10 wins, for the comedian.