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WATCH: Rob Ford on Jimmy Kimmel

Mayor makes late night TV appearance

Rob Ford reeled off his accomplishments and referred to himself as just an ``average, hardworking politician'' Monday during a highly-anticipated appearance on ABC's ``Jimmy Kimmel Live'' show.

The Toronto mayor, sporting a black suit with a bright red tie and pocket handkerchief, arrived to loud applause and tossed T-shirts into the audience.
Kimmel had introduced Ford by saying, ``our first guest tonight has tripped, bumped, danced, argued and smoked his was into our national consciousness.''

The host wasted little time delving into some of the controversies surrounding Ford, noting ``many people seemed angry'' that he was having Ford as a guest.

According to Kimmel, one Toronto resident wrote that having Ford on the show ``is a slap to all Torontonians'' and referred to ``domestic abuse, drunk driving, racism, homophobia and inability to tell the truth.''

Kimmel asked if there was ``any validity to any of these things,'' to which Ford replied, ``Is that all I got? I guess they don't talk about all the money I've saved.''

Kimmel also asked Ford point blank if he was homophobic. Ford laughed off the question and replied, ``No, I'm not homophobic, are you?''

Asked if he has to apologize a lot for his behaviour, Ford said that while he has had to do so a couple of times, ``the apologies are over, I'm moving on.'' He said people will judge him on his ``proven track record.''

Turning serious at the end of the segment, Kimmel said Ford ``seems like a very nice guy'' and suggested he get some personal help.

``If you are an alcoholic, drinking enough that he would try crack in his 40s and you don't remember it, maybe that's something that you might want to think about, like talking to somebody.''

Ford dismissed the advice saying, ``I wasn't elected to be perfect, Jimmy, I was elected to clean up the mess that I inherited, and that's exactly what I've done.''

Kimmel added that getting help is ``nothing to be ashamed of'' and a ``good example for other people who might be in a similar situation.''

``Talk is cheap,'' replied Ford. ``Action speaks louder than words. We'll let the people decide on October 27. I'm just a normal average, hardworking politician that's real.''

Kimmel earlier recalled that Ford and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, had accused Toronto police Chief Bill Blair of waging a political campaign against the mayor.

Ford had challenged Blair to arrest him, prompting Kimmel to ask Ford if it was a ``good idea'' to issue such a dare to the chief.

``They follow me around for five months and came up empty-handed. I just want him to come clean with the taxpayers,'' said Ford. ``How much money has he (Blair) spent? It's all politics.''

When Kimmel mentioned a purported video in which Ford is allegedly seen smoking crack cocaine, Ford reiterated his call for Blair to release it.
``I want the world to see it,'' said Ford.

Ford and Kimmel left their seats at one point to watch a series of videos depicting Ford in less-than-flattering scenarios, including an infamous cellphone video of Ford ranting about wanting to kill someone.
Ford indicated that he didn't know who he was talking about.

``You have no idea?'' an incredulous Kimmel asked. ``You have that many enemies that you don't know which one this was?''

Kimmel also played an infamous video of Ford's Jamaican patois rant at a Toronto restaurant late last year in which he also criticized Blair.

Ford repeated that he ``just went out with a few friends,'' adding that he has ``a lot of Jamaican friends'' and said no when asked if he had ever been to Jamaica.

``I would love to take you there for spring break some time,'' joked Kimmel.
Kimmel also drew laughs from the studio audience by playing several videos that had gone viral, including one from city council in which he mimes a drunk driver, dances in council chambers and almost knocks down a fellow councillor.
Ford had said prior to the program that his appearance on Kimmel's show was to promote Toronto and its film industry.

He told Kimmel that Toronto is ``booming'' and repeated a claim of having saved taxpayers $1 billion and boasted about the city's low tax rate.


``You are not the average politician, my friend,'' said Kimmel at the end of the segment. ``You are the most wonderful mayor I've ever witnessed.''


The appearance on the program followed months of wooing of Ford to appear as a guest of Kimmel. The late-night host has repeatedly skewered the Toronto mayor since stories emerged last May of a video showing Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.

Kimmel, who once joked that Ford was his ``favourite new reality show,'' took one of several swipes at Ford in January, after the Jamaican patois video surfaced.

``Just when you thought he couldn't possibly pull another nugget out of his bag of crazy, he gets drunk and speaks Jamaican,'' Kimmel said. ``When you're the best, that's what you do.''

Ford's spokesman, Amin Massoudi, said Monday that Toronto taxpayers were not on the hook for the mayor's trip, which included three members of his city hall staff and Doug Ford.

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

Walking down Hollywood Boulevard checking out the Walk of Fame on Sunday, Ford was spotted by a CNN camera crew covering the Oscars and asked why he was in L.A.

``We are Hollywood North and we have a great city and we want people to come and visit our city, and make movies, and see the great theatres and restaurants we have and sporting venues and, you know, we have a responsible government there, too,'' Ford said.

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  1. Rik posted on 03/04/2014 09:00 AM
    Hon. mayor Ford is the best mayor in the world and has put Canada on the Map. This will do wonders for Canada's Movie Industry.I loved his sense of humour on the show and hope he appears in more USA shows

    Way to go Honourable Mayor Ford and Thanks for being my Mayor
    1. Sully posted on 03/04/2014 10:12 AM
      @Rik Thanks for commenting, Doug!
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 10:34 AM
      @Sully No problem John Parker....
    3. Chris posted on 03/04/2014 10:39 AM
      @Karl Burgin Kudos to you, Sarah Palin...
    4. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 10:50 AM
      @Chris No prob. Kathleen Wynne
    5. Angry Bill posted on 03/04/2014 10:51 AM
      @Chris Can I be Batman? I mean, like, if you can, always be Batman.
    6. JJenner posted on 03/04/2014 11:32 AM
      @Karl Burgin You're welcome, Michelle Bachman
    7. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 11:36 AM
      @JJenner Sure thing Mr. Bush......Jr.
    8. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 11:37 AM
    9. john posted on 03/04/2014 11:43 AM
      @Karl Burgin what is this a love fest . u guys really need to get a room .
    10. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 11:52 AM
      @john I dub thee Jim Richards ;p
    11. dama posted on 03/04/2014 02:29 PM
      @Karl Burgin Thank you Adam Vaughn and Norm Kelly...
      definitely Pam Oconnell.
    12. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 03:17 PM
      @dama NNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

      Anything but Adam Vaughn....
  2. Peter posted on 03/04/2014 09:08 AM
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    * * * Congratulations Mayor Ford * * *

    Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel too, for unfolding the wonderful character that Mayor Ford is.

    Mayor Ford said all the right words, not missing a beat .
    Like Jimmy Kimmel says: "He's the best"

    Good going Mayor Ford.

    Thank you NewsTalk 1010
    1. JJenner posted on 03/04/2014 09:22 AM
      @Peter You guys are both smoking the same stuff Ford does! It was a total skewering. The buffoon had no where to run, no where to hide and it was sad to see. However, as he has no shame and lacks any self-awareness and cannot be embarrassed, we will continue to see more of this. Oh, another thing - so much for his rationale of heading down there to hype the movie scene on Toronto. Nothing like throwing out Ford Nation t-shirts and taking every opportunity to self-promote...it's pathetic!
    2. Mike posted on 03/04/2014 09:34 AM
      @JJenner A lot of Torontonians seem to be very uptight is there no fun up there.
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 09:34 AM
      @JJenner I'm assuming you have a problem with Ford being on live TV and getting all this media attention.
      Well how about this point?
      When there was media hiding in bushes, peering over fences and lambasting Ford's name in the papers before, did you have a problem with it then? Or when people would secretly take videos of Ford, and then sell it to the media for publishing, did you have an issue with that?

      Remember, Ford in the beginning was not one for live tv and interviews- but your trusty Toronto media literally "primed" him for the spot-light.

      If you had no problem with the media exposing Ford and all his skeletons for all it's worth, then what's your problem now?
      Ms. Doolittle did the late night circuit too promoting her amateur-hour book. Is that embarrassing for you too, or do you see it doing good for the Toronto brand?
    4. JJenner posted on 03/04/2014 09:57 AM
      @Karl Burgin Karl - what is your point?? You're perpetually deflecting blame to the media. Give me a frickin' break. The only reason Ford was on the show was his campaigning for re-election and it failed miserably.
    5. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 10:12 AM
      @JJenner Whether you like it or not JJENNER, the media is ultimately the center focus of this entire saga. And also the biggest player here.

      Ford would never have ha d a hope of making it onto this show to begin with, had it not been for the obscenely massive coverage by your Toronto Star et others that's always dumped on him.

      I'm not necessarily saying that going on the Kimmel show was a good thing. If I were advising him, I would have opted that he not go. But he obviously has a game plan. I'm not sure how it factors in concerning this regard. But you also cannot ignore his past track record of surviving devastating blows, that would have been the death of any other politician.

      If it weren't for his track record, I would be A LOT more afraid for him, and his future.
    6. john posted on 03/04/2014 01:11 PM
      @JJenner why not ? smoke it is good stuff . it is good for yea health .
  3. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 09:29 AM
    I have to admit, I'm guessing that Ford knew what was coming when he agreed to this- paying his own way to the Kimmel show no less (take that city Councillors).

    With this move, I'm not sure what Ford's game plan is here in his bid to get re-elected. But Ford does have the X-factor which other politicians lack. And that's making miracles happen when there is seemingly no way or no hope.
    If it were anyone else doing this, it would clearly be a suicide mission. In Rob Ford's case, on the surface it does. But when you look deeper, I'm not so sure. And given his track record where he's been able to make a way to stay alive, when all was against him, he's always been able to come through.

    I do not know how to call this one- and will have to wait and see when this "investment" pays off.
    1. AC posted on 03/04/2014 10:19 AM
      @Karl Burgin Karl today is the perfect day for your image of the dude with his hands on his face. with a few words underneath saying
      'why?' why mr. Ford are you doing this to us? why?
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 10:33 AM
      @AC ;p
      I like the fact that you like my image....its of Cpt. Picard BTW.

      But as to applying it to Rob Ford- not yet. Gotta wait to see how this reverberates throughout the rest of the week. Almost like Jerry Agar's touch-down and fumbles.
      I will admit, for Ford this week, it was a monumental gamble. And whether that gamble accomplishes the purpose that Ford is wishing for is yet to be seen.

      But in the meantime, he should try tone it down with US media for a while. Not that its really doing much harm now. But the last thing you want to do is be on there so much, that you expire before your time- and then no one wants you. Ford is in still much demand there still. But he should do a little at a time. That's my only critique on the matter.
    3. tanjo posted on 03/04/2014 01:28 PM
      @Karl Burgin Ford did not have a clue what was going to happen.

      Kimmell convinced him to go on the show ... and went on to mock him for 30 minutes.

      Some of his friends convinced him to smoke crack .... and tried to blackmail him with the videotape.

      Doug Holyday convinced him that he would make a great mayor ... then used him as a combination of human shield / big club to get the (badly needed) fiscally conservative agenda pushed through.

      His heart has always been in the right place. This is just another example of the fact he does not have ability to think even one step ahead.
    4. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 01:45 PM
      @tanjo You make good argument in most of your statement, save the last one:
      "...example of the fact he does not have ability to think even one step ahead."

      If that were true, with all the attempts at getting him kicked out of office, he wouldn't be around today.
  4. Stephen posted on 03/04/2014 09:32 AM
    This was a massive failure on Rob Ford, the Mayor of Toronto was made to stand beside a monitor while millions laughed at his buffoonery, the Mayor of Toronto was made to explain his ridiculous behaviour. The humiliation is beyond belief, Kimmel tore him apart, Kimmel compared him to Kardashian and brought him to the level of Honey Boo Boo. As a man Ford should have walked off to protect his so called beloved city, he has placed Toronto on some map perhaps a map on comedy central! I cannot image what his kids will have to endure as a result of this complete debacle.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 09:35 AM
      @Stephen Well, you got your wish when many wanted Ford to be tried in the court of public opinion....

      Congratulations...
    2. Stephen posted on 03/04/2014 09:54 AM
      @Karl Burgin Don't congratulate me, Ford put himself there, again he brought this on himself. No matter my opinion of him, I would not wish this level of humiliation on my worst enemy, certainly not on the man representing the City of Toronto. This was just wrong but again he did it to himself.
    3. enough! posted on 03/04/2014 10:29 AM
      @Stephen i knew as soon as Ford walked out dressed in all black with a bright red tie i said this aint going to turn out good. that outfit in itself i'm ashamed the yanks now think we all dress like that.
      10 minutes into it if i'm Ford and i still have any dignity left. i put my tail between my legs do a little dance shuffle and exit the stage.
      you could of just sent a life size bobble head of Rob to LA. have some guy push it out on the stage. wind the key in his back and just have the bobble head repeat the same old lines over and over and over that he repeats here and it would of had the same effect minus the sweating.
  5. ctwr9-11 posted on 03/04/2014 09:48 AM
    I love it!! Ford's detractors and jealous council opponents can get stuffed and will hopefully get voted OUT in October this time. Taking away the TRUE Mayor's powers was subverting democracy by ILLEGALLY erasing the results of the last election, by the people. Ford has put Toronto on the MAP like nobody and nothing else ever has, a great achievement apart from keeping all 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!!! By appearing on Kimmel and visiting Hollywood during the Academy Awards, Ford has reminded 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 reckless running our whole province into an abyss. Power back to the people!!
    1. Stephen posted on 03/04/2014 09:58 AM
      @ctwr9-11 You are as delusional as Ford and his brother Dougie, this was a debacle, Kimmel eviscerated and emasculated Ford on national tv. This will go down as one of the greatest humiliations of a public figure by a late night tv host. As I said above, no matter my opinion of Ford no one deserves this level of orchestrated humiliation.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 10:19 AM
      @Stephen I appreciate your sympathy for Ford, but CTWR9-11 does have some valid points.
      Whether you like it or not, Ford has put Toronto on the map. I'm not sure if Ford entirely accomplished his goals here but at this point, any publicity is good publicity.

      Realistically, its all about name recognition now. Most people don't analyze and criticize the news like you, me or the others here. Most are just too busy and don't have the time. The only news that would help their decisions are headlines, tid bits and sound-bites. And if Ford's name is always appearing in there, then there's a very good chance that all "THIS" just might work.

      It takes a lot of balls to do what he's doing, and to get whip-lashed at the same time. But if he has a certain set of goals in mind and he's bent on trucking towards it, then he might be more of a dangerous candidate than his running mates realize.
    3. Stephen posted on 03/04/2014 12:53 PM
      @Karl Burgin Sorry, I could not disagree more, this did not take balls, Kimmel emasculated Ford. It would have taken real balls to stand up and say "enough, I will not be humiliated nor will I as Mayor of Toronto allow this farce to continue". That would have gotten Ford more positive play than anything else, and his detractors would have been hard pressed to counter his backbone. If only! Did you see the section comparing positive pictures of LA's mayor versus comparable pictures denigrating Ford???"
    4. Angry Bill posted on 03/04/2014 01:11 PM
      @Stephen I disagree with that assessment, Stephen.

      I believe that if Ford stormed out early, that would have made him look even more like a fool. There is absolutely no way he could have left the Kimmel show early without looking like a total idiot. No way.

      And yes, I did see where Kimmel showed the pics comparing him to LA's mayor. That was actually sheer genius, and probably was the best part of the show, as far as Ford was concerned. Don't you see what Kimmel did, there? He turned what some Torontonians see as disgraceful and embarrassing behaviour by the mayor into something "cool". Something colourful. It was all about his "boring" mayor vs. Toronto's "interesting" mayor. He actually made the American audience think Toronto was cool. And oddly, even though that wasn't the intended effect, this could actually be a plus for Toronto tourism. Who knew....
  6. Angry Bill posted on 03/04/2014 10:22 AM
    After watching the vid, it went pretty much as I thought it would go. No real surprises from Kimmel. It wasn't quite the train wreck it could have been, but I think that's because Kimmel didn't let it get awkward, and kept things moving right along. I think he actually helped Ford out by doing so. Kimmel got what he wanted, his audience got what they wanted, and Ford got to be on the Kimmel show. Kimmel portrayed Ford as an interesting and colourful mayor. Ford should take that and run with it.

    If the reports are true that Rob wasn't happy with the way things went down, then he needs to smell the coffee. This is what it is.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 10:38 AM
      @Angry Bill Hey BILL...
      I saw your other comment about it being the second scenario.
      I did catch the reader's digest version this morning.

      You are right that it wasn't much a train wreck as many either hoped or feared (myself being in the latter group). Ford should be thankful that he didn't get his head bitten off when he had it in the lion's mouth.

      Now its time to sit back, and see what the results are throughout the week, before we judge whether this was a touch-down or a fumble.
  7. DW posted on 03/04/2014 11:41 AM
    Dougie and Robbie need not worry............................

    1010 will always grant a softball interview without calls and Jerry A will run to the rescue of the brothers

    ................and down at the bottom end of the dial 640 has always been home the Ford Softball League

    They need not fly 5 1/2 hours to find love..................private radio in this town will bend over backwards for them
  8. sojbee posted on 03/04/2014 12:46 PM
    Only RF could pull this off. The interview is actually NOT as bad as the radio and TV reports surmised it to be. Reporters should learn to report the news and quit opining about it!
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 03/04/2014 01:06 PM
      @sojbee My sentiments exactly.

      Its annoying as hell actually. Because then I'm forced to actually go investigate the news for myself to find out what really are the facts. Instead you're being force-fed headlines that has bias in it- instead of being objective.
    2. Sojbee posted on 03/04/2014 01:13 PM
      @Karl Burgin I actually think when Jimmy mentioned that he, Rob, was not like any other politicians, he may have meant it positively....
    3. Jerry posted on 03/04/2014 02:07 PM
      @Karl Burgin stop reading the Sun and watching Sun news you'll be fine after a while
  9. john posted on 03/04/2014 01:05 PM
    man picking on the only politician who realy is a human not every politician is human i dont care what people say thay are lower in the chain then we are . more like the bottom of the barrel u have to pick up the barrel to find them . aney hoo .
  10. enough! posted on 03/04/2014 02:19 PM
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    i'm sorry Toronto.
  11. Peter posted on 03/04/2014 03:01 PM
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    Kimmel said at the end of the segment. ``You are the most wonderful mayor I've ever witnessed.''

    How true, and Kimmel meant it. That was an awful remark Kevin Spacey made of Mayor Ford.
    I think Spacey needs help. No one well balanced would say something like that about a fellow man. It was a sick remark Spacey made the night before of Mayor Ford, showing how unclassy he is, - a tenth rate big shot.

    The world has just got to love Mayor Ford after his appearance.
    From Kimmel: ``You are the most wonderful mayor I've ever witnessed.''

    .
    1. Peter posted on 03/04/2014 03:16 PM
      @Peter I an very, very, very, very, very sorry for not being able to comprehend sarcasm and sincerely, sincerely, sincerely, sincerely, sincerely, sincerely, sincerely, sincerely, apologize for being so stupid and not watching the entire interview and thus making myself look like a moron.
  12. gay for ford posted on 03/04/2014 04:43 PM
    An open letter for you Mayor Ford, the message is the medium you won Ford.
    Mayor Ford you were great!
    > This coming from a media person and a proud gay man. Do not listen to the haters on council and from the media they have been on a hate and jealous bender since Saturday . They went berserk over your cameo appearance Sunday night on Kimmel's after Oscar Party. Non stop crying , did you hear what Kevin Spacey said how awful what will we do. OH please it was fun and predictable; obliviously your haters and the left have no sense of humour.
    > People are only going to remember that you were at a Oscar Party Event having Kimmel and Spacey discussing how you shared a dressing with one of the best actors in the World are you kidding me that was phenomenal and it was fun and you looked good in your tux hello. Last night you came across as endearing the skids somewhat predictable but who cares the show is just one big comic roast and you were such a great sport which explains why the crowd was right behind you and why Jimmy loved you. No different than when Clinton, Bush, and Obama by the way skipped a UN meeting to be on the view and yet all the roasting they got they still did all the shows and they still won their elections. Like yourself they were on the show because they are loved and may or may not have had personal issues that people can relate. Joe Fontana and politicians like him will never be on these popular shows because they steal from the public in his case allegedly millions from a charity helping third world children.
    > Unreal and disgusting how the media attacked you today ; which again demonstrates what a bunch of useless hacks they are. They treated you as if going to Hollywood was a crime filled with such angry and asking the most stupid and bullying questions. Especially the one that kept asking why did you go on the show first you do not need any reason who the hell does she think she is. Secondly if that witch did a little homework she would have know you were invited hello again.
    > If possible may you get me that name of that nut case would love to file a complaint against her and her employer.
    > Ironically and hypocritically the press say you are a bully and yet they go beyond bullying and they have gone over the edge. No absolute reason for anyone to be angry no reason for the third degrees this was not a mission about policy or trade agreements but nonetheless you put Toronto on the Map.
    > REMEMBER KIMMEL WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SAY WHAT EVERYONE IN TORONTO BELIEVES AND HOPING ARE USELESS MEDIA WOULD HAVE MENTIONED,
    > MAYOR FORD YOU HAVE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED ABOUT AND YOU WILL INSPIRE PEOPLE TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
    > Take this and run with it and beat the haters at their own game.
    > The promo shot of you on Kimmel was great the one they used to introduce you. You looked strong, in command and if I do say a little sexy you go and use that photo.
  13. Peter posted on 03/04/2014 06:55 PM
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    - Yes, you said it, ...Mayor Ford was such a good sport. It's just not in him to run away. Mayor Ford uses charm not anger to respond.

    - Like you say, the crowd was behind him. That was sincere applauding from the audience.

    - Jimmy Kimmel was not being sarcastic, - he had true feeling when he stated: ``You are the most wonderful mayor I've ever witnessed.''
    .
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