’60 Minutes’ Is Copping Heat For A Creepy Interview W/ NZ PM Jacinda Ardern

Veteran 60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley is copping some searing bulk heat over an interview with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, which aired last night, that is now facing criticism of being decently sexist at best, and intensely creepy at worst.

Wooley’s profile of the Kiwi PM got off to a rocky start from the moment he began his introductory voice over, noting that he has “met a lot of prime ministers in my time. But none so young, not too many so smart, and never one so attractive.” Yikes.

The profile continued, featuring shots of Wooley walking down the halls of New Zealand’s Parliament House, with the journo stating he was “smitten” with the PM, describing the world leader as “like no-other” and one who is “young, honest, and pregnant.”

And from there it fell completely down the drain.

The profile, a joint one with Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford, turned particularly green when Wooley inexplicably began probing the NZ First Couple for the gritty specifics of their pregnancy.

It began with Wooley asking the Prime Minister, who is pregnant with her first child, when the baby was due. But it was a quip about the kid’s exact date of conception that got both Ardern and Gayford’s brows wrinkled.

Unsurprisingly, the response to the piece – which focused largely on Ardern’s private life and not her policies – was somewhat less than complimentary.


60 Minutes is yet to issue any official comment on the criticism, but needless to say the optics on it aren’t exactly good.