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.