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Barack and Michelle Obama Are Reportedly in Talks With Netflix for Multiple Shows

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12:  Former U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in the unveiling of their official portraits during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The portraits were commissioned by the Gallery, for Kehinde Wiley to create President Obama's portrait, and Amy Sherald that of Michelle Obama.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Michelle and Barack Obama Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Here’s some topsy-turvy news for your Friday morning: There’s a reality star in the White House and a former president heading to Neflix. The New York Times reports that Barack and Michelle Obama are in talks with the streaming service to produce “a series of high-profile shows.” According to the Times’ sources, these shows would range from topical conversations hosted by the former president and First Lady to documentaries and fictional television that they would endorse.


The Obamas are not expected to use their programming “to directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics,” the Times reports, though that’s not to say they would eschew politics entirely. One proposed show would feature the former president moderating discussions about issues like immigration and climate change.

Neither the Obamas nor Netflix have confirmed the negotiations, though a senior advisor for Barack Obama said, “As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.” The Obamas could certainly get a sizable payout to do so, if their reported $65 million book deals are any indicators of their skills as negotiators.

No word yet either about whether Malia Obama will put her experience interning on the set of HBO’s Girls to good use as part of her parents’ new streaming venture.