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'Celebrity Apprentice' star Dennis Rodman tells Jay Leno he 'almost' met the pope

March 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM ET

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Dennis Rodman on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Tuesday, March 19.

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The Worm, apparently still basking in attention for his buzzy, bizarre trip to North Korea, continued to describe the experience with Kim Jong-un in an appearance on Tuesday's edition of "The Tonight Show."

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"I was actually shocked that he's actually nice," Rodman said of the elusive and oppressive North Korean dictator, his new friend and an "awesome kid." Of Kim's headquarters, he added: "It's not even a palace, it's more like a fortress. It's just insane."

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When Jay Leno asked about the severe poverty facing the country's citizens, the "Celebrity Apprentice" star replied: "It's pretty much like any other country. We got the same thing here."

Footage from Rodman's "basketball diplomacy" tour is part of a TV show Vice Media is producing that will air on HBO next month.

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Last week Rodman made an equally stunt-y excursion to Rome, where the ex-NBA bad boy was photographed riding in a faux Popemobile. He had been stumping for Peter Turkson, a cardinal from Ghana, to win the papacy.

Rodman -- sporting a signature flamboyant combination of track pants, Lacoste shirt and fur-lined coat on Leno's couch -- babbled somewhat incoherently while talking about his Italian journey. He claimed he "almost" met the pope but was cagey on the details.

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