Colbert told viewers Monday night he loves visiting New Zealand, and had scheduled a surprise trip there this week.
“I just love that country,” he said. “If you’ve never been, go. 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.”
He added, “For one of the hallmarks of New Zealand and one of the things I have always thought of, is it’s this wonderful, isolated country so far away from the problems we take for granted here north of the equator.”
Fifty people lost their lives on March 15 when a white supremacist opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch.
Colbert went on to disavow racism and urged President Trump to do the same.
“He never, ever condemns the racists,” the late night host said.