Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest received a friendly welcome from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday, as Live with Kelly and Ryan traveled to Niagara Falls, Ontario for the first of two episodes.
Trudeau was a lively guest as he talked with Ripa and Seacrest about politics and Canada’s strong relationship with the United States.
“The relationship between our two countries is unbelievably deep,” Trudeau told Ripa and Seacrest. “Whether it is people-to-people ties, economic, business, workers on both sides of the border–we are connected like no two countries in the world.”
Trudeau, 45, is the youngest prime minister since Joe Clark was elected to the office at the age of 43.
He is known for his good looks and public life with his wife and three children, something Ripa couldn’t avoid inquiring about, namely because the Mirror alluded to Trudeau being the “sexiest politician alive.”
Trudeau says he takes it in stride. His wife, he told Ripa, has a completely different outlook on the situation regarding her swooning husband.
“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,” he said.
Seacrest couldn’t resist joining the talk about the prime minister’s sex appeal but did so with humorous caution.
“I thought it would be awkward if I said, ‘You have pretty eyes, sir.’ But I thought it,” Seacrest joked.
Trudeau, who entered the national political scene in 2008, when he was elected to the Canadian Parliament, also talked about his relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump. Despite Trump’s unpopularity in several circles–many political, Trudeau said dealing with the president has been pleasant so far.
“We have a good, constructive working relationship and that’s the important part of it,” said Trudeau.
Trudeau is close with former President Barack Obama. The two became friends in 2015. As for whether he and Trump will become friends, it is likely too early to tell. But things are moving in the right direction.
“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 also talked with Ripa and Seacrest about the future of politics and what may be in store for his own children. He imagines his daughter doing some exciting things, including perhaps becoming the country’s first woman prime minister. A female leader something that’s long overdue, he said.
Broadcast at the Oakes Garden Theatre, Live with Kelly and Ryan concluded with a moment for selfies. as Ripa and Seacrest snapped shots with Trudeau.
Trudeau is the son of Pierre Trudeau, who served as Prime Minister of Canada from 1968 to 1969, and 1980 to 1984. The younger Trudeau is the first prime minister to be related to someone who previously held the office, and one of only two children born to a sitting prime minister. There were a number of betting pools in Canada in anticipation of Justin’s birth on Dec. 25, 1971.
Justin’s parents divorced in 1977 before Pierre was re-elected to the office. Justin remained in the custody of his father.
Ryan Seacrest has remained tight-lipped about whether he will host the ABC return of American Idol next spring. Producers initially reached out to him about hosting, but he was already in talks with the network about his co-hosting job with Ripa.
Producers also asked American Idol judge Randy Jackson to host when it didn’t look like they would reel Seacrest in for $10 million. Jackson declined, saying he would only return as a co-host alongside Seacrest.
Last month, Ripa was reportedly urging Seacrest to jump at the chance to host the American Idol reboot.
Ripa is also busy with side gigs. In addition to a number of television appearances, she and husband and former All My Children co-star Mark Consuelos own a New York production company best known for a production called The Streak, which chronicles a high school wrestling team that mounted 34-year winning streak.
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