Stephen Colbert cancels surprise trip to New Zealand

Stephen Colbert will not be taking his show to New Zealand this month.

The host of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” revealed on air Monday night that he’s canceled a scheduled trip to New Zealand in the wake of last week’s mass shootings in Christchurch. Colbert had planned to visit the country as part of a surprise overseas tour.

“I just love that country. If you’ve never been, go,” Colbert said. “The people there are unbelievably kind and welcoming.

“Obviously we’re not going to go down now, but we hope to go down in the future. And again, we want to say to everyone down there how sad and heartbroken we are for what that country is going through.”

Colbert had planned the trip after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on his show last September and invited him to her country to be made an honorary citizen of Hobbiton, the set used in the “Lord of the Rings” movies.

Fifty people were killed and another 50 were injured when a gunman opened fire in two Christchurch mosques Friday in an apparent attempt to target Muslims.

Brenton Harris Tarrant, 28, was arrested after the attack and is expected to appear in court April 5.