At times Ardern and Gayford appeared "visibly uncomfortable", says Stuff.co.nz - and no more so than when Wooley quizzed the couple on their due date before musing: "Why shouldn't a child be conceived during an election campaign?" She said she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, found out in October, during negotiations to form a minority New Zealand government.
Ms Ardern told a press conference that it was a case of "too much information" but said she was not offended.
Ardern's wide-ranging speech also touched on trade policy, with the Prime Minister saying her experience with the CPTPP had led her to support a different framework for trade negotiations, and an emphasis on the regions, SMEs, Maori, and women.
Never mind that her looks have nothing to do with the job. I just loved being with them.
Neither Wooley nor Ardern have commented on the public response to the episode.
"I've met a lot of prime ministers in my time".
Ms Ardern laughed while answering "the 17th of June", to which Mr Wooley made a comment about the timing of the conception.
"It's interesting how much people have been counting back to the conception date", he then added. Other viewers said the interview was "repugnant", "creepy" and "painful".
The TV program responded to online criticism in a statement sent to New Zealand news outlets Monday.
Ardern said Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters would take on the role, an acknowledgement of its importance.
Charles Wooley asked Ardern, who is now pregnant, about the conception of the child, as well as calling the politician attractive and describing her as the "catch of the day".