Longtime late-night host David Letterman — and possibly his retirement beard — is returning to television with a new Netflix series.
The former “Late Show” host, who retired in 2015, will make his launch back into the spotlight with a not-yet-titled, six-episode series on the streaming site in 2018.
Each hour-long episode will feature the 70-year-old comedian conducting an in-depth “long-form conversation” with a singular guest, as well as segments in the field that express “his curiosity and humor,” according to a press release.
“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.”
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Letterman spent 33 years on late-night television, and remains the longest-serving late-night host.
He retired from “The Late Show” on CBS, a gig he’d held since 1993, in 2015. Before that stint, he was the face of “Late Night” on NBC for 11 years.
Since his retirement, Letterman has kept a low profile — and grown out a Santa Claus-esque beard.
In 2015, he admitted that while he was happy to spend time with his young son, life out of the spotlight was a big adjustment.
“It’s stunning what you find out about yourself when everything you’ve done for 33 years changes,” he said. “It’s like ice melting out from under you. I know that regular, responsible people probably hear me whining like this and think, ‘Oh brother.’ But I’m trying to rehabilitate myself, so keep me in your thoughts and prayers.”
Letterman is just the latest get for Netflix. The streaming site has established itself as a powerhouse for comedy over the last year, and recently inked deals for multiple stand-up specials from stars like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld, among others.
While the terms of Letterman’s deal have yet to be announced, he’s likely bringing in some big bucks — Seinfeld’s deal was reportedly worth $ 100 million, while Chappelle reportedly snagged $ 60 million.
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