Veteran journo slammed for 'creepy' interview with New Zealand PM

  • Veteran journo slammed for 'creepy' interview with New Zealand PM

Veteran journo slammed for 'creepy' interview with New Zealand PM

One of Australia's best-known television interviewers has encountered a torrent of criticism after an intrusive interview with the New Zealand prime minister which focused more on her pregnancy than her policies.

Mr Wooley has been criticised on social media by television viewers for asking when Ms Ardern's baby was conceived and describing the prime minister as young and attractive.

Asked if she'll raise the issue with Mr Turnbull, Ms Ardern told reporters in Wellington: "I have no qualms having conversations about it".

"The interview didn't particularly stand out for me in a way that made sense when I saw some of the headlines that followed on".

Between her holiday antics, Wilson delivered a rare insight into her political views, taking the time to praise New Zealand's new progressive Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

"I've met a lot of Prime Ministers in my time", he said.

Prime Minister Ardern announced her pregnancy in January, three months after she was elected as the world's youngest female head of government.

"There is one really important political question I want to ask you, and that is, what exactly is the date the baby's due?"

"It's interesting how much people have been counting back to the conception date", he then added. "It ought to come with a sickbag, too", Steve Braunias wrote in an opinion piece entitled "Jacinda Ardern co-stars in new Australian horror movie".

Social media users slammed it as "repugnant" and "absolutely cringeworthy". "I just loved being with them, I thought they were so much fun, such a breath of fresh was just terrific to be with them". "I think you should relist "attractive" in the thesaurus, about 50 choices from good looking to gorgeous to likeable - there's so many different meanings", he said.

The interview was often more interested in Ardern's personal life rather than her leadership or politics, which in the view of some people was "sexist" and "gross".

Channel 9 said in a statement that its reporters "have always asked the tough questions which the public has been wanting to hear, while also showing the human side of these individuals that we rarely get to see".