Ardern a hit on The Late Show

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appeared on a US talk show where she dodged a sticky question about President Donald Trump and won the audience's applause.

The taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert  wrapped up about 12pm today (NZ time), with the show due to air about four hours later in the United States.

Ms Ardern got big applause and cheers from the studio audience as Mr Colbert told the crowd she was the youngest elected female world leader, and the second leader to have had a baby while in office.

Some delegates at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday laughed and muttered when US President DonaldTrump, in a speech, praised the "extraordinary" achievements of his administration.

Ms Ardern was asked about the laughter while Mr Trump was speaking and what she experienced as she was there when it happened.

She asked if Mr Colbert was trying to create a diplomatic incident to much laughter from the audience.

"So there was a little laugh, and then he said I didn't expect that response and then there was a bigger laugh - then people laughed with him."

Mr Colbert then said "and the first laugh?" to which Ms Ardern said "the first laugh was a spontaneous murmur ... amongst themselves."

He asked if she joined in to which she replied that she observed - again to applause and whooping from the audience.

Ms Ardern also discussed her handshake strategy with Mr Trump, told the story about how her partner Clarke Gayford knocked over a flag when they met the president this week and they discussed the steel and aluminium tariffs imposed by the United States.

Ms Ardern told Mr Colbert, who is a huge Lord of the Rings fan, that the people of Hobbiton had called her today to say that they wanted to make Mr Colbert a citizen of Hobbiton - which would get him a certificate and a mug.

She invited him to come to New Zealand for the citizenship ceremony, and he said he would love to come.

As they wrapped up the segment - Mr Colbert wished Ms Ardern luck with the tariffs and her general debate speech at the UN tomorrow.

"I hope everyone laughs."

The other guest on the show was five-time Emmy award winner Candice Bergen.



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