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We’re guessing the non-rigorous lifestyle of retirement has been getting to TV workhorse David Letterman. So news that the talk show host, who recently turned 70, is getting back in the saddle is not all THAT surprising.

Letterman parted ways with CBS in 2015, and after a short hiatus from the working world, he’s joining team Netflix to host a six-part series set for 2018.

The long-running late night host addressed quitting his day job — and now retirement — in a typically humorous way: “Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first,” reports Sky News.

Fair point, David. Plus it’s hard to get used to having a ton of downtime when you’re used to being busy, busy, busy.

But now, he’s back.

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

So what’s the project? OK, we may have to sit tight for more details as Netflix aren’t revealing much, but we are very, very intrigued.

One thing we do know, however, is that the show will be pre-recorded. That new territory for Letterman, whose previous 6,000 episodes (yep, that many) were live.

It will be fun to see who’ll be joining Letterman on the show — if it is, in fact, a chat show. It could be another format. Still, it’s making us reminisce about the best ever interviews from the veteran entertainer’s giant back catalog.

Here’s the time he went head-to-head with David Tennant. About halfway in, we get a handy Doctor Who 101:

Do you think a recorded show will change Letterman’s on-air dynamic? For better or for worse? 

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Filed Under: David Letterman, Netflix
By Brigid Brown