NZ PM Jacinda Ardern Picked Stephen Colbert Up From The Airport And Drove Him To Her House
Talk about service! 'The Late Show' host Stephen Colbert paid a visit to Auckland, New Zealand, where he was picked up from the airport by none other than the country's own PM, Jacinda Ardern.
Hopping into the Prime Minister's ride, Stephen Colbert remarked to the mum-of-one, “I’m so amazed, you know, that you came to pick me up. Thank you so much."
Ardern replied, "It's not particularly extraordinary at all, I still do the odd airport run."
Colbert then commented that he hoped he wasn't "cutting into executive time," to which Ardern quipped, "I'm a woman, I multi-task!"
In a cheeky nod to James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke', the pair made their own version of the popular segment by belting out to Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody" -- minus the actual music.
After chatting to a motorist who recognised Jacinda (... but not Stephen), and after the talk show host accidentally disabled the PM's phone by entering the wrong code too many times, they soon pulled up to Ardern's Auckland home where they got down to the serious issues.
Speaking about the devastating Christchurch shootings that took place in March -- after which Ardern immediately banned semi-automatic weapons -- Colbert commented that her leadership on the matter was "inspiring to us in the United States who deal with gun violence".
"How did you do it? And I'm asking for 350 million friends of mine," he asked.
She responded, "We're pragmatists in New Zealand, so when it was described to me the weapons that were used and how easily they were obtained, my immediate reaction was 'that can't stand, that has to change'".
"In the end, every single member of parliament except one voted for that change," she added.
After their chat, the pair joined the PM's fiancé Clarke Gayford for a "state dinner" of sausage sangas -- oh, and they were also joined by singer, Lorde.
“There’s something I’ve always wanted to ask you. Would you care for some peanut brittle?” Colbert asked the award-winning singer after unsuccessfully trying to prank Ardern.
Opening up the can, Lorde got a major shock when a purple “snake” popped out, yelping at the surprise reveal.
“You don’t have snakes!” Colbert cheered, adding, “The trip was worth it”.