City councillors raise questions over Rob Ford's trip to Hollywood

Toronto Film Board member wonders whether Mayor Ford's trip is less about jobs and more about his ego

Mayor Rob Ford is set for an interview with late-night TV's Jimmy Kimmel on Monday
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Mayor Rob Ford, who has parlayed profane rants and confessions of crack-smoking and drunken stupors into international celebrity status, is set to make a guest appearance Monday on an American late-night talk show.

The scheduled appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live is the culmination of months of wooing of Ford to appear as a guest of Kimmel, who has repeatedly skewered the Mayor.

Ford's brother, councillor Doug Ford, told news outlets over the weekend that the TV show would pick up part of the cost of the trip to California.

However, on Monday, Ford's spokesman said the Mayor's trip, which included three members of his city hall staff, is being paid for entirely by the Ford family.

"Mayor Ford and Councillor Ford are paying for themselves and the staff,'' Amin Massoudi said, "The 'Jimmy Kimmel' show paid for one dinner.''

Some councillors at Toronto city hall had suggested if Ford had accepted an offer of plane tickets to California, it could violate code of conduct rules for city officials.

Municipal lawyer John Mascarin tells NEWSTALK 1010 plane tickets are typically off-limits for city officials to take as a gift.  Running afoul of those regulations could result in a public reprimand or suspension of pay for up to 90 days.

Mayor Ford has said that he is in Hollywood to attract interest in Toronto as a destination for big film productions.

However, if Ford has meetings with Hollywood producers, he has not said so and Toronto's film office in LA is completely out of the loop.

Officials there had no idea Ford was in town.

"Stumbling around Los Angeles with your family and your staff is not a way to bring film to the city of Toronto," says Toronto Film Board member and Ward 30 councillor Paula Fletcher.

At Toronto City Hall, councillors cringed when asked about the Mayor's upcoming late-night TV appearance.

"I think the Mayor needs to give his head a shake," says York West Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti.

"I think he's being set up for a joke and I am, quite frankly, getting sick of it," he says.

Mammoliti says Jimmy Kimmel simply wants to make fun of the Mayor, and by extension, the entire city of Toronto.

"Its not something that makes Toronto look good," says councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live'' airs Monday night at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.

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  1. Peter posted on 03/03/2014 08:04 PM

    Mayor Ford is a big boy. He can handle himself !

    If there are any jokes tonight, the jokes will be on Jimmy Kimmel.
    Mayor Ford is a great guy, hard to dislike, and a celebrity to boot.

    Effortlessly Mayor Ford will come out ahead on this as he does so many times.
    Imagine the advertising dollars his appearance is worth. His promotion will be reaped for years to come.
    Millions and millions of dollars to Toronto because he's put Toronto on the map big time, ...a place to talk about and investigate.

    The timing is good too for promoting filmaking again in Toronto, as the low Canadian dollar makes Toronto attractive.

    I wouldn't fall for the wimpy views that the councillors express. They seem to be afraid of the unknown, a negative frame of mind, that is opposite of Mayor Ford.

    If Kimmel somehow trashes Mayor Ford, then he is trashing himself. Kimmel should be worried. I don't think Kimmel knows what he has got himself into.

    Good going Mayor Ford.

    Thank you NewsTalk 1010
    1. Only Common Sense posted on 03/04/2014 09:46 AM
      @Peter Ha! Ha!

      Great call, Peter.

      Don't play the ponies.
  2. danieljchristie posted on 03/03/2014 08:25 PM
    I couldn't agree more. Kimmel doesn't stand a chance against a witty raconteur like Rob Ford with his debonair demeanour, his Cary Grant countenance and his rapier-like comebacks. Combine all that with Ford's impeccable fashion sense, his 1,000 watt smile and is patented use of charm instead of anger and Kimmel is all but toast. Yes, Rob Ford has it all -who could possibly disagree?
  3. gay for ford posted on 03/03/2014 08:50 PM
    There is absolutely no reason for the media and council
    to be so angry and filled with hate. No need for long negative segments with long panel discussions with experts and hacks telling us this is a bad thing are you kidding me. This should be a moment of fun and lightheartedness and yes humour but I forgot the left and haters have no sense of humour. Mayor Ford is invited by Jimmy Kimmel and is even picked up by Jimmy himself can you believe that and made a guest appearance on his post Oscar party show. Fantastic! for an average guy how fabulous!. Yes an average guy can go to Hollywood and have fun that is not a crime. Ford is Cinderella and shelly carol the mean step mother the media ugly sister one and council mean ugly sister two. Ford has or had a personal issue tried to keep it a secret and lied by omission like all of us did one time in our lives. No crime in that he was exposed and to his benefit and now is facing them and doing great work and for this he is bullied, ridiculed and humiliated ironically from the left whom want to legalize everything. So much for 30 years of liberalism and hate the disease not the person, substance abuse is not a pr issue or a legal issue but a human issue unless you are Mayor Ford. I am a recovering liberal and a proud gay man and will vote for Ford to stop this media tyranny plus he has done everything he has promised.
  4. William posted on 03/03/2014 10:06 PM
    I believe that he is either opportunistic, or has lost all sense of humility and what leadership should mean.

    Brilliant if he knows he's already lost the election and is milking the last months for all it's worth or.......he and his brother continue to have some twisted sense of how to put Toronto on the map...

    The fact that Ford nation is quite ok with the complete lack of class they (Rob and Doug) display is rather frightening.
  5. DW posted on 03/04/2014 12:41 AM
    Gotta admit he was quite a conversationalist...............Yep that Gonzo should be running for Mayor

    The other lump that occupied the chair for 25 minutes was same old, same old ..........mumbler
  6. enough! posted on 03/04/2014 12:54 AM
    good grief! i saw it. that hurt but funny at the same time. Kimmel just let loose.
    I thought Rob would have a panic attack he was sweating so much. you can drop a life size bobblehead of Rob in any far away nation wind him up at the back and he just repeats the same lines over and over and over as if those people give a sht was he's talking about. safe effect with this appearance. good lord! why us?
  7. ctwr9-11 posted on 03/04/2014 09:58 AM
    Ford has put Toronto on the MAP like nobody and nothing else ever has, a great achievement apart from keeping his promises & respecting taxpayers! If people want blood, they should be going after that Liberal Wynne bag and her crooked band of thieves at Queens Park instead! By appearing on Kimmel and visiting Hollywood during the Academy Awards, Ford is reminding movie makers and audiences everywhere that Toronto is "Hollywood North" and open for business. That will bring huge revenue & tourism back to the city, the way it was thriving before, especially with transit & infrastructure costs ahead and with the Canadian dollar substantially below the Americans. Ford is accessible and human, a politician that people can relate to, unlike most of those hypocritical, self serving pinheads on TO council and the slimy crooks recklessly running our whole province into an abyss. Power back to the people!!
  8. AC posted on 03/04/2014 10:15 AM
    i like the part when Kimmel asked Fraud who was it that you were ranting at in the video where you were going ape crap yelling to kill someone. Fraud just shook his head and said 'aw man dunno'! Kimmel says were you that wasted mr. mayor you can't even remember your enemies?
    when Fraud goes on trial he won't be able to say on the stand 'aw man dunno'! who i wanted to kill.
    this is one effed in the head tag team of brothers.
    why us? why?
  9. john posted on 03/04/2014 11:18 AM
    i walk up to the counselors shut up bitch . as i bitch slap everyone of them . one by one .
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