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

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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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26 thoughts on “David Letterman’s New Gig Is As A Climate Change Correspondent

  • Cool I did not know that show was about climate change.
    Note to myself: NEED to watch it!!

    • Yes, please watch it, amazing series although pretty sad at times as you could imagine. At some points I was pretty much banging my head against the table due to the stupidity of some people.
      I’m really looking forward to season two.

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    • I watched it. It was hit & miss. Some episodes were good, some not so good. I would rather have more science in it instead of so much emotional narrative. Of course that is just me. But get some charts & graphs in there in addition to the narrative. Explain the hard science so people really get it.

      • I’m thinking that explaining the hard science has been tried again and again and the vast majority of people just tune out and don’t believe or don’t understand or don’t even bother to watch. But if you throw a slew of celebrities at the subject, various celebs will appeal to various people and it will likely have more of an impact overall. Hearing a message from someone respected/admired is far more important to whether most people will believe it than is the accuracy of that message.

  • I’m surprised they are doing more of those ” Years of Living Dangerously” shows. It pretty much flopped. Badly.

    • The celebrities might be doing it for cheap rates because they believe in the issue.

      • Sadly enough, I think climate change is going to have to hurt some people in the US for it to matter to anyone significant in politics, at least on the Republican side.

        • As someone on this forum so aptly pointed out. Politicians are rented, not bought. They also follow the public, not lead them. They are on the loosing side of the argument. The public is shifting. I just read an article that said 25% of coal companies went out of business in the last 3 years. The top 5 coal companies are worth 800 million, the top 5 solar 26 billion. The price of renewables are low, and dropping.

          • “The top 5 coal companies are worth 800 million, the top 5 solar 25 billion.” -Wow, are you kidding me? That’s insane.

          • Link?

          • I tried a couple times to find it. No luck yet.

          • Now we just need the top 5 oil companies to be worth 800 million and we’re set.

          • It’s all about transportation. I’m driving my old dream car, the Prius. My new dream car isn’t built yet, the Tesla Model 3.

        • The economy is constantly picking new winners and losers. Newspapers, travel agents, magazines . . . they’ve been losers. And due to toxic pollutants AND greenhouse gases, it is time for fossil fuels to be losers.

  • Please, Dave… make a Top Ten list of the worst pollution offenders and update it every year.

    Thanks for caring about our shared planet!

    • My guess: people who drive gasoline and diesel burning vehicles will be near the top every year for a long time until we get serious about getting people to switch to plug-ins.

  • Check out the episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in cars getting coffee” with David Letterman. Letterman has a Nissan Leaf!!!

  • He should have stayed on with the late show if he was still going to work ..miss the show

    • Maybe. But Colbert has a Tesla. And interviewed Neil (I don’t want Earth to look like Venus) deGrasse Tyson 2 days ago.

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  • I love Letterman. I really liked his show when I was younger as well. Not sure if my tastes changed or if he lost his magic over the decades (thinking the latter) but it’s nice to know he’s a good guy.

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