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Obama will be the first guest on Letterman's new Netflix show

Barack Obama with David Letterman on his former late-night show in May 2015. Photo: John Paul Filo / CBS via Getty Images

George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Barack Obama and Howard Stern — all people "whom Dave finds fascinating" — are also slated for interviews on the six-episode series, which airs Jan. 12, Netflix announced Friday.

Why it matters: The booking is a big win for Letterman and Netflix as it marks the former president's first television talk show appearance since leaving office. It is also the first talk show Letterman has hosted since retiring from his late-night role in May 2015.

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