Jimmy Kimmel interviews teen Stortford climate change activist Ollie Nancarrow on his US TV talk show
The Bishop's Stortford High School student who mowed a giant penis in the grass at his family home in protest at the US president's climate change denial has come up trumps with two US TV late-night talk shows.
Ollie Nancarrow, 18, was interviewed from his family home in Hatfield Heath via Skype by Jimmy Kimmel for the Tuesday night edition of his ABC show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
And the A-Level student's phallic stunt, which has attracted the attention of the world's media as well as Essex Police, was also referenced on NBC's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Ollie spent part of the weekend mowing giant male genitalia alongside the greeting "Oi Trump", the message "Climate change is real" and a polar bear in paddocks at his home.
His hope was that they would be visible as Air Force One came in to land at Stansted Airport on Monday morning for the start of US president Donald Trump’s three-day state visit to the UK.
Later that day, the TBSHS Year 13 student returned home from a business studies exam to be greeted by an ITV news crew – and detectives from Essex Police, who are looking to establish whether any offences have been committed.
After discussion with his mum Vanessa and stepfather David Ambler, Ollie transformed the penis into a sea turtle to reinforce his climate change campaign.
On Tuesday evening, the Bishop's Stortford Independent was emailed by a field producer on the Los Angeles-basedJimmy Kimmel Live! talk show who said: "One of our writers saw your story about Ollie and his protest and passed it along to Jimmy. Jimmy is interested in speaking with Ollie via Skype on our show tonight." Indie editor Paul Winspear put the two in touch.
Introducing Ollie with the words "joining us now from his home in Bishop's Stortford, England", Jimmy interviewed him in a four-minute segment on the show, which also featured the stars of new X-Men film Dark Phoenix – including Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender – new world heavyweight boxing champion Andy Ruiz Jr and musical guest Aloe Blacc.
Ollie was given a rapturous reception by the studio audience as he answered questions such as what inspired him to protest, what his parents thought about it, if it had caused a commotion in his home town and whether he thought his stunt would change the President Trump's mind.
The story of the teenager's Trump protest was received in similarly raucous fashion by the studio audience on Tuesday night's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, in which the host said: "In the 'I can't believe it's not made up' town of Bishop's Stortford, a teen mowed a giant penis into a field for Trump to see as he landed in London."
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