It wasn’t long ago that Barrack Obama criticized the intersection of media and politics has become “so reality TV-ized.”
Now, the ex-president who chided Trump for his reality star demeanor may become a star himself.
The internet is buzzing with rumors of secret talks being held between Obama and Netflix for a new series featuring the former president.
While details are scarce, sources say the series may focus on uplifting American stories, with Obama possibly acting as the show’s producer or moderator.
According to KTLA in Los Angeles, “the source characterized it as a “production partnership” and said the deal has not been finalized yet.”
Obama is by means a stranger to the world of entertainment, having appeared many times on the most popular TV talk and late night shows.
But there’s a good reason for it. According to the Pew Research Center, “about a third of people aged 18-29 (34%) learned about campaigns and candidates from late night comedy shows — higher than any other age group.”
But politics and the presidency are serious business, even for a former president. in 2016, Obama famously criticized the uncouth, reality TV-esque behavior of then-candidate Donald Trump. “This isn’t a joke, this isn’t ‘Survivor,’ this isn’t ‘The Bachelorette,'” he said. “This counts.”