Talk show icon David Letterman has made his return to online television. However, critics were not exactly welcoming Letterman back with open arms.
Critics' Criticize Letterman
Longtime Letterman fans were relieved to see him back on their television screens after nearly being off the air for three years. The former Late Show With David Letterman host reunited with former U.S. President Barack Obama to premiere his new Netflix series: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
After watching Letterman's lengthy interview with former President Obama, critics were not exactly thrilled with Letterman's performance. Several of them claimed that Johnny Carson's heir apparent came out very bland. They also pointed out that the beloved former President of the United States and the King of Late Night appeared to be rusty when it came to the art of conversation at points during the episode.
The commentators also slammed Letterman for wasting viewers' precious time revisiting former President Obama's origin story during the conversation. Also, they even scolded both men for not questioning about how the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was doing or delivering jabs to the polarizing president.
Critics also took note that Letterman's longtime collaborator, Paul Shaffer, was nowhere to be found onscreen. Shaffer did arrange My Next Guest Needs No Introduction's quirky theme song, which commentators stated was the only connection to Late Show with David Letterman.
My Next Guest's Future Interviews
Despite the critics taking numerous hits on the new Netflix special, the video network will continue to air My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. The special series will feature Letterman interview a plethora of guests ranging from civil rights activist Malala Yousafzai to rap mogul Jay-Z. Also, Letterman is expected to reunite with longtime friends and fan-favorite guests George Clooney, Tina Fey, and Howard Stern for intimate conversations.
Colbert's Late Show Success
Three years after Letterman handed the Late Show franchise keys to Stephen Colbert, the CBS late night show has delivered impeccable ratings. Colbert found his voice by mocking President Trump by using Cartoon Donald Trump and talking about President Trump's controversial decisions on an everyday basis. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will air a live episode directly after President Trump's State of the Union speech on Jan. 30.
He also has been having impeccable conversations with a diverse group of guests. From former Today host Billy Bush to actors Ben Affleck and James Franco, who dealt with their sexual misconduct scandals, Colbert has become one of the best interviewers that is currently on late night television.
It is unknown if Letterman will drop by the Ed Sullivan Theatre to promote his Netflix special in the near future.