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David Letterman’s New Gig Is As A Climate Change Correspondent

Where do you go after you’ve established yourself as one of the kings of late night TV? Perhaps instead of getting more people to laugh, you go on to try to make more people pay attention to one of the most pressing issues of our time, climate change. That’s what David Letterman will be doing, at least part of the time, now that he’s retired from the iconic Late Show.

Letterman has accepted a position as a correspondent on the second season of Years of Living Dangerously, a climate change documentary series, each episode of which features a different journalist or celebrity exploring the effects of climate change, as well as some of the attempts to mitigate it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the producers of Years of Living Dangerously, Joel Bach and David Gelber, reached out to Letterman “after seeing his passion for the issue when he interviewed scientists on the Late Show.”

Here he talks with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and author, about climate change back in 2010:

“The reason why Letterman’s part of this is that we just noticed that he seemed to perk up when this issue came across his lap. We reached out to him to see if he’d want to be part of this, and he said, ‘Absolutely.’ He said [that climate change is] something he does think about a lot.” – Bach

For his episode, David Letterman will go to India to interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi about that nation’s energy issues, which will air on the National Geographic Channel in the fall of 2016. Other guest correspondents for the second season of Years of Living Dangerously will include Jack Black, Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, Ty Burrell, Don Cheadle, Olivia Munn, Ian Somerhalder and Cecily Strong.

National Geographic Channel CEO Courteney Monroe told The Hollywood Reporter that the involvement of stars such as Letterman “speaks to how passionate so many people are — like himself — about this issue and how important it is to our planet and to humankind, and I think it’s terrific that he’s attaching himself to it.”

H/T Climate Crocks

 
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