After having to binge on eight years of Barack Obama, America may be subjected to a second helping of the former president.
The former President and his wife Michelle are in negotiations to produce – and possibly host – a new show on the popular video streaming service Netflix.
According to multiple media reports, the Obamas are close to hosting an as-of-yet undetermined show for the video service.
While early word says the show will not be political in tone, it will very likely continue Obama’s war on American culture that radically changed how we approach moral and civic issues.
Netflix has championed a number of liberal entertainers with its original programming, including David Letterman (who interviewed Obama for his Neflix show) and Amy Schumer. It recently earned scorn for airing an original series, “Dear White People,” that many claimed was anti-white.
Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle are in advanced negotiations to produce a Netflix series with high-profile shows.
Netflix would pay Barack and Michelle, for exclusive content only available on the streaming service, according to the New York Times. Netflix has over 118 million subscribers world wide, and will allow the former president to reach an enormous audience in his post-presidential life.
The number of episodes and the format of the shows have yet to be decided, but don’t expect it to act as the answer to Fox News.
The Obamas also won’t be using the platform to directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics.
They are aiming to tell inspirational stories and highlight people who are changing the world.
‘President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,’ Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, said on Thursday.
‘Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.’
Some of the show ideas being explored include Barack moderating conversations on topics intergral to his presidency like health care, immigration, and climate change.
The areas Obama’s presidency focused on are interesting points to explore in a currently polarized American during President Trump’s time in office.
While Michelle Obama could focus an episode on her own White House initiatives such as nutrition which she championed during her time in the White House.
It is unclear how much the former first couple will be making under any deals they sign in regards to Netflix, and executives from Apple and Amazon have also expressed interest in talking with Barack about content deals in their streaming services as well.
The former president left the White House at just 55-years-old, far from a typical age for retirement. The move into embracing content to reach an even larger audience showcases his intentions to remain engaged in civic pursuits.
While the former president has kept a low profile since leaving office, he has indicated he will again become more involved again in the nation’s affairs.
Michelle and Barack are writing their own memoirs, and have reportedly been paid more than $60 million for them.