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David Letterman Is Coming Out Of Retirement To Host A Netflix Show

His six-episode interview series will launch in 2018.

Posted on August 8, 2017, at 12:39 p.m. ET

David Letterman, America's longest-serving host in late night television, is coming out of retirement to host a new, not-yet-named show on Netflix.

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“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix,” Letterman said in a statement.

Rather than host another standard late night show, this series will focus on one longform interview per episode, mixed with some segments that'll be filmed outside the studio.

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Letterman retired on May 20, 2015 after 33 years and 6,000 late night episodes between NBC's Late Night and CBS's Late Show.

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In his statement about the Netflix series, Letterman joked: "Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first."

The six-episode series will debut in 2018. And, as Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos joked in the press release, “We’ll have to see if he keeps the beard.”

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