Jimmy Kimmel Awkwardly Ambushed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford with an Intervention
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Jimmy Kimmel Awkwardly Ambushed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford with an Intervention

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | March 4, 2014 | Comments ()


Embattled, drunken, foolish Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night, and you know what? That wasn’t a very smart idea. I’m sure that Rob Ford expected that Kimmel would make fun of his drunken shenanigans, they could have a nice laugh over Ford’s degeneracy, and Ford would spit out some gibberish to suggest that — despite all the evidence to the contrary — he’s actually a pretty good politician.

That’s not how it turned out. Around the 9:30 minute mark in the video below, Kimmel actually engages in something approximating an intervention. After showing Rob Ford a montage of his drunken foolishness, which Ford watches sheepishly, Kimmel suggested he seek help at the 15 minute mark:

“You seem like a very nice guy to me, and if you are an alcoholic - which, you know, if you’re drinking enough that you can try crack in your 40s and you don’t remember it - maybe that’s something that you might want to think about talking to somebody about.”

Seeking help, Kimmel suggested, “is nothing to be ashamed of.” It doesn’t seem to have had any effect. In an interview with The Toronto Sun, Ford suggested that he was “set up,” but ultimately concluded, “”There was some tough questions but it was fun. I had a blast.”

The video evidence suggests otherwise.

Mayor Rob Ford - Interview - Jimmy Kimmel 3-3-14 by IdolxMuzic

via NYMag

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  • googergieger

    I like the big palooka. Lets me shut up my smug Canadian friends, whenever they go on about literally anything.

  • Sars

    Rob ford is a HORRIBLE mayor and its terrible that he is who is representing Toronto. Also, I suspect he just wants to have a reality show and is dumb enough to think he is cool because he is on Kimmel. fucking idiot. ugh

  • stella

    Am I the only one to find this uncomfortable? Not that Mr Ford isn't an alcoholic drug addict, but that was... awkward....

  • Rob Ford is the Robert Baratheon of North America. Drunk, obnoxious, asleep at the wheel, destined to premature death - though arguably not premature enough and sadly not by disembowelment by wild boar.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Course Robert Baratheon at least DID something to earn his throne.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I have my money on naked and bloated in a hotel room. There may or may not be a prostitute involved, but she will flee once she realises what has happened.

  • BlackRabbit

    Go old school-drowned in a vat of Malmsey.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That was my most interesting highlight+google in quite some time.

  • BlackRabbit


  • Bloated - check!

    I'm calling out your gender bias with regard to prostitute - let's open our minds to the possibilities...

  • Mrs. Julien

    I just hope that whoever it is, they aren't pinned beneath him.

    That may be the meanest thing I've ever said. I should reexamine my life.

  • zeke_the_pig


  • Jim

    Nonsense. You just know all the TO paramedic teams have been quietly issued these. (Strangely, NOT the meanest thing I've ever said.)


  • Mrs. Julien

    I have a close friend who is in fact a Toronto paramedic. I'll ask him.

  • This is a safe space. We are in this together. Go ahead and let your words fly...

  • Steve

    Toronto city council needs a mayor who unites and does not divide.
    It needs a mayor who addresses the needs of both the core and the suburbs.
    It does not need an undependable, hypocritical, grandstanding, divisive spoiled brat who makes up figures to suit his own ends …
    … and has a thug for a brother.

    The current Deputy Mayor seems to be a pretty good mayor: keeping his head down, showing up for work, helping councillors work together and getting things done. Too bad he doesn't want the job of mayor.

  • Mrs. Julien

    He's dressed like Meatloaf. Do you think he realises that he is basically dressed like Meatloaf? "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" Meatloaf, not surprisingly sweet character actor Meatloaf. The sweaty, puffy Meatloaf who is long ago and who is far away and he was much less healthy than he is today.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Two upvotes? That was GOLD people!

  • I know this sounds crazy, but Rob Ford actually is kind of a good mayor. He's certainly a clown. He is also cut Toronto's budget by hundreds of millions of dollars, spurred development, and improved the city infrastructure. There's a very good chance he's reelected this year.

    This Chris Jones piece is pretty interesting.

  • Nisi

    While I am pleased that you're not parroting the delusional claim of a billion dollars saved, the other two claims are completely false. What development has been spurred? His two big ideas, the waterfront and the casino, were both rejected. How has he improved the city infrastructure? No subways have yet been built and the previously planned improvements were delayed by his shenanigans. Plus, by not calling the ice-storm an emergency (for his own personal ends - an emergency would relieve him of his few remaining powers), he made Toronto ineligible for emergency provincial funds. That's great mayoring right there.

    Like many Torontonians, I have phoned the mayor to talk to him. In the first set of budget talks the budget committee held an open meeting. I talked to him afterward on the phone and he claimed to be listening to the people at those meetings - after cutting the speaking time from 5 minutes to 3, running the meeting overnight, so those with commitments, who missed their time because they didn't expect to have to talk at 2am, were skipped. In the same phone conversation he claimed that those who were there were all "unemployed, NDP socialists". Yup, that's listening - dismissing what they all have to say out of hand based on his prejudicial notion. When I asked where the people who supported all the cuts were he said that they were conservatives who have jobs and were at work.

    He did vote for making Toronto Animal Services a No Kill facility, so that was good. I can't say he did do one good thing... but I might be able to say he didn't do two.

    As for personal savings - no $60 vehicle tax but the recreation programs all doubled... resulting in spending more than whatever he claims he's saved me as a taxpaying citizen of Toronto.

  • Keh_Squared

    It does indeed sound crazy. Even if his claims about his contribution to
    the budget, development, and infrastructure were fully true and not at all misleading (spoiler alert: they're not), I don't understand how anyone who shows such disdain for his constituents through not only absenteeism on the job, but also offensive public statements, could be considered a good mayor.

    I am truly saddened and ashamed that he is the mayor of my city. And
    even more ashamed that there is a good chance he will win another election.

    Math check: http://www.theglobeandmail.com...

    Attendance record: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/ge...

    Highlight reel of offensive comments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?f...

  • Sars

    thank you!

  • Joanna Chojnacka

    @kkirkpat:disqus Thank you for putting that more eloquently than I ever could.

    1) @brianbyrd:disqus He lies. It was a running joke in this city long before the crack thing that he doesn't know how to do math because his numbers always seem to come from nowhere and any half-decent checking shows that he's making it all up.

    2) For those who don't get why he got elected and why he's still got support: it's downtown vs the suburbs.
    A few years ago the City of Toronto got amalgamated with its suburbs into the Greater Toronto Area. in the recent election Rob Ford came to represent the suburbs; they feel he has given them a voice in a city in which they feel marginalized. For this reason they will support him and ignore his crimes. Because blind, dumb loyalty.

    3) Fuck Jimmy Kimmel for encouraging him.

    This man (that was already a shit mayor hated by the "city" portion of Toronto) has made an international laughing stock out of the city I love. Fuck him for his bold-faced lies. Fuck him for his favouritism. Fuck him for his spousal abuse, his racism, his homophobia, and his many other crimes. And fuck him for making "Toronto" synonymous with "crack-smoking" for the next who the hell knows how long.

    This man CAMPAIGNED to close down a woman's shelter in his original district. That is one of the least of the shit he did to this city BEFORE the crack scandal.


  • Steve

    Yep. We can only hope that the new candidates are better, unite the city and don't split the vote.

    (BTW, they're "bald-faced" lies. Pass it on.)

  • Joanna Chojnacka

    Though "bold-faced" sounds right.

  • Nisi

    I want to upvote this 1000 times.

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