Will Smith is one of David Letterman's 'Next Guests' in first TV appearance since Oscars

Brooklyn Moore
Special to USA TODAY

Will Smith and Billie Eilish are among David Letterman's guests for the fourth season of his Netflix talk show,  "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction." 

Six new episodes, all arriving May 20, will also feature rapper Cardi B, NBA star Kevin Durant and actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Ryan Reynolds chatting with the former host of CBS' "Late Show."

But those looking for Smith's comments about the infamous Oscars Slap, when he marched onstage and assaulted Chris Rock, will be disappointed: Netflix was quick to point out that all six interviews were taped "before March 2022." (The Oscars were held March 27.) 

Cardi B at the Met Gala on May 2. She is among David Letterman's interview subjects for the fourth season of Netflix's "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction."

The moment that shocked Hollywood and millions of viewers came after Rock made a joke about a “G.I. Jane” sequel, referencing the shaved head of Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. He was banned from Oscars events for 10 years and resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. 

The fourth season of David Letterman's talk show features guests including Will Smith and Billie Eilish.

Among other guests, Eilish has been performing shows on her Happier Than Ever world tour, and Ryan Reynolds recently starred in "The Adam Project."

"My Next Guest" premiered in 2018, three years after Letterman, 75, retired from "Late Show." The Netflix series offers a deep-dive into celebrities' personal lives, combining “humor, curiosity, and in-depth conversations with extraordinary people,”  Netflix says. 

Last season included just four episodes, and previous guests have included Barack Obama, Lizzo and Robert Downey Jr.