Trudeau talks sex appeal, politics on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' in Niagara Falls
Justin Trudeau is shown with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest in a selfie taken during filming of 'Live with Kelly and Ryan,' in Niagara Falls, Ont., on June 5, 2017. (Live with Kelly and Ryan / Twitter)
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gamely bantered about his sex appeal, his thoughts on Canada's relationship with the U.S., and how he'd like to see a woman lead the country as he appeared on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" on Monday.
Trudeau was the first sitting Canadian prime minister to appear on the long-running American daytime TV show, which was visiting Niagara Falls, Ont., for two episodes.
The conversation went from light and personal to political, with Trudeau telling co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest the relationship between Canada and the United States "is unbelievably deep."
Ripa noted Trudeau was close with former U.S. president Barack Obama and asked how he would characterize his relationship with current President Donald Trump.
"We have a good, constructive working relationship and that's the important part of it," said Trudeau. "There's a lot of things we agree on.
"Today is World Environment Day, we don't agree on that, because I think there's a lot of good jobs in the environment that we're building for. But we both agree that the most important responsibility of a leader is to create good jobs for middle-class people across our countries and we're connected on that."
Trudeau was in the hot seat as soon as he sat down and Ripa asked: "How does your wife feel about you being named the sexiest politician alive?"
"My wife's the one who doesn't believe it. She's like, 'Really?' She knows what I look like when I get up in the morning," said Trudeau.
"Is it so different than this?" replied Ripa.
"A little messier," quipped Trudeau.
The three then chatted about Trudeau's childhood and his experiences having his father being Canada's prime minister.
"Do you secretly want one of (your kids) to become the next prime minister?" asked Seacrest.
"Definitely not," said Trudeau. He later added: "Although I will say, I have one daughter and there is something very special about imagining a woman prime minister. I think it's long overdue. I just don't think we have to wait that long. I think it should be sooner than that."
During a commercial break, Seacrest pulled out his phone for a selfie with Trudeau and Ripa. When he couldn't frame the group in the shot, Trudeau snatched the camera away and took the photo.
Ripa and Seacrest also bantered about the weather and how they spent the weekend in the area. Ripa said she played the slots at the Fallsview Casino, while Seacrest enjoyed some time on the water. The duo also went to a local winery.
The show was shot outdoors at the Oakes Garden Theatre, which showcases panoramic views of the American and Horseshoe Falls.