It took an American talk-show host to do it, but TORONTO’s mayor was raked over the coals last night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. KIMMEL did the job with a smile on his face: “our first guest tonight has tripped, bumped, danced, argued and smoked his way into our national consciousness.” The host got down to business immediately, quoting one viewer who wrote that having Ford as a guest was “a slap to all Torontonians” and referred to his “domestic abuse, drunk driving, racism, homophobia and inability to tell the truth.”
Kimmel asked Ford if he was a homophobe. Ford laughed and replied, “No, I’m not homophobic, are you?”
Moving on to a series of 5 or 6 embarassing Ford still photographs and videos, Kimmel asked who he wanted to kill in the infamous video of the mayor ranting, flapping about and screaming profanities. The mayor said that he didn’t know who he was shouting about.
“You have no idea?” an incredulous Kimmel asked. “You have that many enemies that you don’t know which one this was?”
After saying Ford “seems like a very nice guy” but suggesting he get some personal help, Kimmel zeroed in on the mayor’s crack smoking and drinking. “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 you might want to think about, like talking to somebody.” Ford replied, “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,” said 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.”
Somewhere during the 20 minute interview, the mayor managed to squeak out what a great city TORONTO is, that there are 150 construction cranes on the skyline, that he’s just a normal average, hardworking politician that’s real, that he wants the world to see his crack video, and that he’d saved taxpayers over a billion dollars. “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.” After the show, Ford got out of town on the ‘red-eye’ bound for TORONTO.