Jacinda Ardern 'creepy' 60 Minutes interview sparks anger

An Australia TV interview with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in which she was called "attractive" has been widely criticised as "creepy".

In an interview on current affairs show 60 Minutes, veteran reporter Charles Wooley said he was "smitten" by the PM.

He also asked Ms Ardern, who recently announced she is pregnant, when her baby was conceived.

60 Minutes later defended itself, saying it was showing the "human side" of its interviewees.

But Ms Ardern told reporters that she was "not fazed" by the line of questioning.

"It's fair to say that I couldn't recall there being anything from the interview that particularly stood out to me," she said on Monday.


The 60 Minutes interview was a profile of Ms Ardern, who, at 37, became New Zealand's youngest prime minister in over a century in October last year.

"I've met a lot of prime ministers in my time, but none so young and not so many so smart, and never one so attractive," said Mr Wooley in his opening.

He also focused much of the interview on Ms Ardern's pregnancy.

"One really important political question that I want to ask you, and that is what exactly is the date that the baby's due?" he asked her and her partner, Clarke Gayford.

"It's interesting how much people have been counting back to the conception date," he then added.

Ms Ardern responded by saying the baby was conceived when the "election was over", but that they did not "need to get into those details".

In another clip taken from the same interview, Mr Wooley was also seen expressing surprise when Mr Gayford - who will be the full-time carer for the baby - said he did the laundry at home.

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