But as any comedian will tell you, staying out of the spotlight isn't easy.
The headliner on "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" is former President Barack Obama, with other episodes featuring George Clooney, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern and Malala Yousafzai.
Letterman's revival will certainly ride a viewership boost from Obama's first talk show appearance since he vacated office.
David Letterman is out of retirement and returning to television with a six-episode, 60-minute Netflix series - My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. So we weren't surprised to learn last summer that David Letterman was putting together an original series for Netflix.
This screengrab shows a preview of David Letterman (R)'s interview with former United States president Barack Obama which will be shown on Netflix. He's just the first in a series of big names in store for the series with each episode focusing on "one extraordinary figure whom Dave finds fascinating".
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman might be a mouthful, but it also looks like the flawless fix for those who've missed the late-night titan.
The company, home to shows such as House of Cards and Stranger Things, streams to most countries in the world and has a customer base of about 115.6 million.
Each episode will center around one particular person, and consist of in-depth interviews as well as field segments.