By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Rob Ford ridiculed on Jimmy Kimmel Live
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 Ford Nation T-shirts into the audience.
Kimmel had introduced Ford by saying, “our first guest tonight has tripped, bumped, danced, argued and smoked his way 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 you would try crack in your 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.” (Source: CBC News)
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