LISTEN: Mayor talks drugs, rehab and family in sit-down TV interview

Rob Ford says he plans to stay on as Mayor, despite living with a 'disease'...

Mayor Rob Ford appeared guarded and emotionless in a sit down television interview on Wednesday.

He sat down with our broadcast partners at CP24, in an interview that lasted 12 minutes.

Ford was questioned on a number of topics like drug use, his future and his family.

When it comes to using, Ford admitted he's used more than just crack, that he'd previously admitted to using.

"Well there's marijuana, mushrooms.... there's anything you can think of. But that's substance abuse." said the Mayor.

When asked pointedly if he'd ever done heroin, the Mayor flatly denied touching the drug.

He couldn't pinpoint the exact moment that he realized he needed help, but he says the substance abuse was ruining his ruining his health, he couldn't function day to day, ruining his family and his job as mayor.

"Your family, your profession and your own well being. You think after those three go... then."

Ford said even with the years of drug use, he never brought it into City Hall.

"Alcohol was in the office."

There's also the private life of Mayor Rob Ford, the life that we haven't heard much about in the wake of the crack scandal that broke more than a year ago.

His wife Renata and his two children, who are living in Etobicoke.

"They're fine." said Ford "I want to thank them so much for sticking by me through these very difficult times."

Ford says he's apologized for everything he's said 'while using', and he says that covers the people he offended with homophobic slurs, with racist slurs and sexist remarks.

"All I can do is apologize and say sorry. I cannot change the past."

Listen to the whole interview courtest of CP24.

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  1. Mike posted on 07/02/2014 03:18 PM
    best thing the media and all of us can do is ignore him. ignore him and ignore his brother just ignore the whole family. he's only back for himself and his ego trip not for the city because what would he do without this role? what reputable company would take on this man? what would he do with his life if he didn't have this. he knows it! he knows inside it's a downward spiral if he looses this role. he looses the attention. that's worse than the drugs and alcohol issues
    1. Sonny posted on 07/02/2014 03:22 PM
      @Mike Ford has 27-32% support so we have to listen to the Ford morons defend him though Doug is the best at the BS
    2. Moocowow posted on 07/02/2014 04:28 PM
      @Mike I would love the media to stop covering kim kardashian and lindsay lohan, but that's not going to happen. The more scandalous the person gets, the more they're being covered and the more famous they get. There's a Rob Ford musical ffs.
    3. arthur posted on 07/03/2014 09:34 AM
      @Mike nothing has changed. Ford continues to play this city and the people for fools during the interview. the slow talk, the evasive staged repeated lines.
      mostly his eyes say it all.
  2. Angry Bill posted on 07/02/2014 03:22 PM
    I listened to the interview.

    I got a couple of impressions from that. First, I get the feeling that he actually did learn stuff he didn't think he'd learn while at the rehab facility. He entered for the wrong reasons, thinking he'd just come out the other side with more ammo with the voters of Toronto. But, over the two months, he actually did pick something up worthwhile.

    The second thing I got from his interview was that it's not enough. He hasn't changed enough. It's still more of being bummed out that he didn't get away with it, and had to go through this whole rehab thing in the first place. His non-answers to some of the questions indicate that he's still not truly coming to grips with reality, that he's still trying to create and live in a reality of his own creation.

    In the end, I'm left with the impression that Ford's saga isn't over quite yet. There's going to be more. There's no indication that his dealings with council or the press are going to be any different than they were before. In that regard, what has truly changed?
    1. dama posted on 07/02/2014 03:38 PM
      @Angry Bill No mayor has captivated the attention that Rob Ford generates.. when he was away for 2 months city hall was dead.. with his return, the circus is back..

      Now back to his newscast...

      what does one really expects Rob Ford to do or change? From my take, I think he was sincere in his apologies.. and WE would not know if the 2 months in rehab( like what they did with him) really helps him,, and it is given that there are positive and negatives takes on his return..

      Ford haters as well as media will keep on putting him down, he is a liar, drug addict, he will not change ..a disgrace to Toronto.. lah lah lah..
      I bet we all knew that, so still harping on that ??

      Really.. Rob Ford is a different type of politician.. other politicians would have resigned under such pressure and scrutiny.. and would have been easier on him and his family but not Rob Ford,, he fights what he believes in..

      Rob Ford knew that, any slip from July 1 2014.. he will be gone for good
      and obviously he HAD not change.. so again I reserve my judgement on him..

      Oct 27 is still 4 months away.. and dont rule him out..
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 07/02/2014 04:12 PM
      @dama Agree with everything you've said here.
      Looking forward to hearing Bill Carrol's comments on this when I switch between AM640 and CFRB.

      Here comes round 2...let's get to it.
    3. Karl Burgin's Neighbour / Landlord posted on 07/02/2014 07:32 PM
      @Karl Burgin "Looking forward to hearing Bill Carrol's comments on this when I switch between AM640 and CFRB."

      Congratulations, Karl.
      You found the only other talk show host in the city as dumb as Jerry Agar.

      BTW - your June basement rent is due.
    4. tanjo posted on 07/03/2014 01:45 PM
      @dama No, he will still have his hardcore support even if he slips up again.

      New drinking game: You have to take a drink every time Rob Ford says the word "DISEASE".

      And no, the irony is not lost on me.
  3. John Tory said posted on 07/03/2014 05:19 AM
    Conservative John Tory said about Rob Ford:

    "There were plenty of reasons he should have resigned himself before because he had rendered himself unfit to hold that office and be a role model and be a leader,"

    "But I'm saying now he keeps adding to it by not answering questions. He just proves that he's unfit to hold this office, now, again on another basis by refusing to answer questions which is an integral part of governing." ~John Tory
    1. Mike from the hinterland posted on 07/03/2014 07:25 AM
      @John Tory said John Tory,

      Think how pitiful of a campaign you are running! Ford is leading you in the polls. John you cannot be nice to everyone and you need to make decisions.

      Remember John, Toronto votes for crooks! Look at the last election they voted for the Libranos!
    2. Ultimate Insider posted on 07/03/2014 08:14 AM
      @Mike from the hinterland Internal polls done by both Tory and Chow show them to be in a virtual dead heat - with the Ford fraud squad trailing them by a dozen points.
    3. arthur posted on 07/03/2014 09:38 AM
      @Ultimate Insider Ford will wind up in the single digits at the end.
      a broken man, a broken life.
    4. tanjo posted on 07/03/2014 05:01 PM
      @arthur I hope he ends up winning ... his Ward 2 council seat.
  4. Peter posted on 07/03/2014 09:09 AM

    There seems to be some misunderstanding with the media
    about Jimmy Kimmel.
    Mr. Kimmel is not like the other talk show hosts looking
    to make greedy cheap shots at Ford. Instead, Mr. Kimmel
    seems to be Rob Fords friend. An example of his
    friendship is to give USA national attention to
    Toronto and Canada, wishing a happy Canada Day.
    He did this on purpose for Rob Ford. - Worth mllions
    of advertising dollars.

    If there is only one city the Americans know of, it
    would be Toronto. "Not does one man make a city".

    Good going Mayor Ford.

    Thank you NewsTalk 1010

  5. Suz58 posted on 07/03/2014 09:24 AM
    I really find it difficult to find that people are still being sucked in to this family's BS. I cannot even just think about Rob Ford without including the whole family and their business...Deco Labels.

    I have a few issues with this whole sob story and their attempt to keep spoiled Rob in the Mayors seat to benefit their company.
    Here goes...
    - Now that Rob has spent a couple of months in rehab, (conveniently close to his cottage, with the freedom to come and go as he pleased), is his wife going to give up the recreational use of pot and her addictions?
    - The Fords are very critical of everyone but when done to them, they are very defensive.
    - what is happening here is, they are trying to turn the unfortunate scenario of Rob getting "caught" doing his drugs and carrying on like a fool, by playing on the sympathies of the voters.
    - no questions? He should be answering many!
    - if he cared about TO at all, he would step down, get the help he really needs and then in four years, try again.

    Through all this, the Fords have set a new precedence for being a political candidate and lowered the bar.
    It is very easy to predict what is going to happen if this liar is voted in as mayor of Toronto again. It has already been established that he cannot be tossed out. If he gets in again, Toronto is in for the worst ride ever.
    Good old Rob is known for not following the instructions of his lawyer and spewing off at the mouth, so why do you think he is not answering any questions? They cannot afford to have him screw up right now, not until he gets the mayor seat for another four years. Even in this one interview, we get more truth on other drugs he has done.

    There are so many skeletons in this family's closet. Remember Toronto, you are voting for a Mayor, an individual, not a whole family that controls a puppet so their company can forge ahead!
    1. Peter posted on 07/03/2014 10:01 AM
      @Suz58 .

      Thank you for your comment Suz58.

      I am glad to hear that you think there is some good possibility
      that mayor Ford will get reelected, because that would be the
      best thing for Toronto.
      (many past comments support that).
      It's not that Mayor Ford isn't answering the peoples
      questions, it is that he is not answering the medias
      questions. The media doesn't deserve answers from him,
      as the media twists the answers, and in effect lies.
      "Actions speak louder than words", and those are the
      answers he will provide to the people, not the undeserving

      Good going Mayor Ford.

      Thank you Newstalk 1010

    2. Suz58 posted on 07/03/2014 02:30 PM
      @Peter Yes, I am afraid that this immature pawn could be re-elected. Interesting part being, not that he is a good mayor, or trustworthy, transparent, intelligent, unbiased, unselfish or non self serving. Someone up there wrote that Rob is determined to get what he wants...yes, very true. Don't kid yourself, he is not out for anything for Toronto or the people of Toronto. Him and his family have time this right down to the last second so the people of Toronto take pity on him and re-elect him.
      It has been a circus up until now, but just wait if he gets re-elected, the last circus was minor compared to what you will see.
      If he was any kind of person, he would have given up and dropped out until he gets his shit together.
      If TO elects Ford again, they are not electing Rob, they are in fact electing his family as he is just a puppet on a string who cannot think for himself.
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