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David Letterman makes his return on Netflix

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Legendary late-night star David Letterman will make a television comeback for streaming giant Netflix, according to Variety. The yet-to-be-named, six-episode series has Letterman combining two interests for which he is renowned: in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humour. More than 6,000 episodes were aired on both shows, which earned him the title of being the longest-running late night broadcaster throughout American history, CBS added.

Since retiring, Letterman has rarely made screen appearances, though he did manage to grow superlative facial hair, as Netflix pointed out in its tweet heralding his return.

"Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first", the former late-night host joked. "Thanks for watching, drive safely", Letterman said.

"I can't stop talking, so there's no time limit", he said.

This new show "feels like exactly what I want at this stage of my life", Letterman said in a phone interview with The New York Times.

"Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill; imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together", said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix.

As Letterman described it, his Netflix series would not much resemble his past network late-night shows.

However, he also teased he's already booked one guest who he's "delighted about", but can't reveal. Last year, Letterman toplined a well-received episode of National Geographic Channel's "Years of Living Dangerously" series in which he traveled to India to examine the real-world impact of climate change. Or will Dave keep the Santa Claus beard he was wearing at the Reds game Sunday that he attended with Bill Scheft, his long-time comedy writer? "The beard has to stay".

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