Jimmy Kimmel urges Rob Ford to get help – after cracking many jokes
Jimmy Kimmel Live promo for Mayor Rob Ford's appearance.
Mayor Rob Ford didn’t get an easy ride from U.S. comedian Jimmy Kimmel on Monday.
The rough but comedic ride — even fellow Jimmy Kimmel Live guest Gonzo the muppet mocked the mayor — wasn’t a surprise given the fact Kimmel has spent months making Ford jokes in the wake of the crack scandal. Ford travelled to Hollywood on the weekend ahead of his debut on the show.
In his opening monologue, Kimmel described Ford as “the greatest gift any talk show host could ask for.”
But laughs aside, Ford was grilled on Kimmel’s late-night show about his crack cocaine smoking, his rants that have been captured on video and the ongoing Toronto Police investigation.
“A lot of them have more angles than a dog’s hind legs,” Ford said.
The mayor did use his appearance to fire shots at his critics – including Police Chief Bill Blair, councillors and the Toronto media – and tout his record.
Kimmel questioned why Ford had dared Blair to arrest him last week.
Ford repeated his criticism of the cost of the police investigation into him and the mayor’s office and said he wants the world to see his crack video.
“Me too,” Kimmel said.
“Put the video out,” Ford said.
“Look what happened to Kim Kardashian after her video came out,” Kimmel joked.
Kimmel asked Ford directly whether he was homophobic. An allegation Ford denied.
He also played several videos of Ford that have gone viral including his rant in Jamaican patois filmed at the Steak Queen in Etobicoke. Kimmel asked if Ford had ever been to Jamaica.
“I would love to take you there for spring break some time,” Kimmel said.
Kimmel noted Ford’s bright red tie, black shirt and black suit as something a magician would wear.
The comedian also urged Ford to consider getting help for his drinking, telling him “it is nothing to be ashamed of.”
“I wasn’t elected to be perfect,” Ford said.
At one point in the show, Kimmel wiped the sweat off Ford’s brow and joked he’d sell the wipe on eBay later.
“You are sweating a lot, let me get you some tissues here,” Kimmel said.
On Kimmel’s Sunday night post-Oscar show, Ford was mocked by actor Kevin Spacey who joked that was the first time he had to follow such a “banged up” Ford.
Kimmel thanked Spacey for sharing a dressing room with the embattled mayor.
“He threw up all over it but those are the chances you take,” Spacey joked.
Most councillors expected Ford’s appearance on U.S. late-night TV was going to be a disaster for the city and Ford – hours before Monday’s broadcast.
Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti predicted the mayor was “being set up for a joke” and urged Ford to “give his head a shake.”
“We’ve got potholes in this city, we have issues here that need to be tended with,” Mammoliti said. “I’m not sure that this helps the city of Toronto. I’m not sure he’s helping himself.”
How do you think Ford's appearance went on Kimmel?
Disaster for Ford
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Who cares it was hilarious