David Letterman Joins National Geographic as Science Correspondent

The former 'Late Show' host will appear on documentary series 'Years of Living Dangerously' to interview Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

AceShowbiz - %cDavid Letterman% has landed his first post-"Late Show" gig. The veteran TV host is set to return to television on National Geographic, appearing in an episode of documentary series "Years of Living Dangerously".

The 68-year-old will take on a role that he's never attempted before, an explorer and science correspondent. He will fly to India, the country which he has never visited before, to speak with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the nation's energy concerns.

Producers Joel Bach and David Gelber tell The Hollywood Reporter they tapped Letterman for the gig after witnessing his passion for the climate change issue when he interviewed scientists on CBS' "Late Show".

"It's thrilling to have him do this - we're beyond excited," says Bach. "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."

Gelber gushes about Letterman, "He's never been to India, and he's really excited to go. Dave will be a terrific correspondent for us. We're very comfortable having him with the Prime Minister of India - I'm not sure there are that many people we'd be comfortable setting up in that kind of role. He's a wonderful interviewer."

"Years of Living Dangerously" season 2 premieres in the fall of 2016. %cJack Black%, %cIan Somerhalder%, %cDon Cheadle% and %cOlivia Munn%, who have appeared in the first season, will all return for the new season. "Saturday Night Live" star %cCecily Strong% and filmmaker James Cameron will additionally serve as correspondents this season.

Other stars who have appeared on the show include %cJessica Alba%, %cMatt Damon% and %cHarrison Ford%.

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