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David Letterman back from retirement at 70 with new talk show

The veteran presenter announced his retirement in 2015, after 33 years presenting his late night television show.

American talk-show host and comedian David Letterman sits at his desk on the television series ‘Late Night with David Letterman,’ New York, New York, 1986. (Photo by NBC Television/Courtesy of Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: Presenter David Letterman speaks onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. Debuting on HBO Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET/PT (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Image:Nearly 14 million viewers tuning in to see his farewell on CBS in 2015

David Letterman is coming out of retirement with a new talk show, two years after ending his 33-year-long stint at CBS.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 70-year-old presenter has signed a new deal with Netflix, to host a six-episode series in 2018.

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

“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 announced plans to step down from The Late Show in 2014 and signed off in 2015, after 33 years holding a late night spot first on NBC and then on CBS.

Nearly 14 million viewers tuned in to see his farewell in the US, with appearances from former US presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush and the then president Barack Obama all repeating the words: “Our long, national nightmare is over”.


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