American talk show host Stephen Colbert has taken a crack in bungee jumping like himself Late Show It aired a special version dedicated to New Zealand on Saturday.
The program, titled “Back to New Zealand: A Magical Land Where the Embrace Still Happens,” was broadcast in March – but Colbert said it was being put on ice due to the evolving Covid-19 case.
It was broadcast on Saturday night.
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“We had intended to show this in the spring, but Covid hit and we thought it wasn’t the right time to do it. Then this week, we went, ‘Yeah, this is the time to do it,’” he joked.
He started the special episode by describing how New Zealand had “one of the most successful epidemiological responses in the world”, before moving on to pay tribute to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
New Zealand’s unique Covid-19 situation made him relive his memories of a trip he took last year.
“When I went to New Zealand, there were times when I thought I was stepping into the past, but I look at it now and hope New Zealand is really our future,” he said.
“We hope New Zealand will live the life we can live here in America five or six months from now.”
Show a variety of behind-the-scenes clips from his trip, as he walks viewers through events such as his first bungee jumping in New Zealand.
In the dramatic clip, Colbert lets viewers enter in fear of heights, before sending one of his crew members to the bungee – disguised as Corbert – as an experiment.
After he had the courage to take part in the adventure activity, he thought of the experience, and concluded the video, by joking, “As terrifying as the thought was, once I did it … I never wanted it. Do it again.”
Later in the show, Colbert takes viewers behind the scenes in his transformation into “Darylgorn”, during his homage to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings series.
Colbert visited New Zealand last year. That trip was the subject of a week-long series that aired Late show In November 2019. During New Zealand Week, a 10-minute clip is broadcast every night.
During his trip, he met Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clark Gifford, director Peter Jackson, singer Lord, among others.
In Wellington, Brett Mackenzie and Lucy Lawless taught him how to “integrate” As a Kiwi, while Colbert continued to try to become a New Zealand citizen.
He visited after Ardern appeared on his show in the US twice, and both times invited him to come to New Zealand. At the start of New Zealand week, the Prime Minister picked him up from the airport.
Perry also met Weibo, DJ Forbes and Laura McGoldrick, for another part about rugby.
Colbert said the Friday night’s New Zealand special will feature unprecedented interviews, clips, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of New Zealand Week.
The trip cost New Zealand taxpayers $ 104,000. Tourism in New Zealand said Late showThe CBS broadcaster paid for most of the flight, but the government agency covered the accommodations of the 15 crew.