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Watch Jimmy Kimmel Make Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford Sweat
Jimmy Kimmel had Toronto's disgraced mayor Rob Ford (infamously known for admitting to smoking crack) on his show last night and it was just as scathing as it could be.
The Jimmy Kimmel Live! late-night host pretty much summed it up when Ford sat down in the interviewee seat. "Why are you here?" Kimmel asked. "What good could come from this? Have you ever watched this show?"
And really, we have to wonder why Ford would ever agree to this, seeing that Kimmel has been mocking him for nearly a year, especially when the mayor walked straight into a reporters' camera, head-on. Maybe he was thrilled Kimmel personally cold-called him to be a guest. Ford claimed it was because he's "all about customer service" and Kimmel replied, "Yeah, but I'm not even a customer."
Ford had entered the room dressed all in black with a red tie and handkerchief, throwing out t-shirts to the audience, jolly as could be. That is, until Kimmel immediately started grilling him on crack, homophobia, racism, and everything under the sun. Kimmel asked Ford why was he dressed as a "magician" and added: "Are you homophobic? Do you think if you had more gay friends you wouldn't wear that tie?" (Here's a slideshow from Vanity Fair of Ford's ugliest ties for your enjoyment.)
There was even a segment where Kimmel compared Ford to L.A.'s mayor Eric Garcetti, who he said was a "great guy, an excellent mayor." He showed photos of Garcetti as a model mayor, sweetly holding babies and having wholesome fun at Dodgers games. On the other side, Ford was shown with a milk mustache, holding crying children, posing with nearly-naked women, and devouring BBQ ribs. (Ford was seen hobnobbing with city officials this week during his stay in L.A., which we've documented here. Too bad Garcetti was out of town, but hilarity ensues.)
That was just before Kimmel went through a video montage of some embarrassing and damning moments in Ford's career including him faking a Jamaican accent and throwing candy canes to children as if he were "feeding birds," Kimmel said. At one point, the host told Ford he was sweating a lot and then dabbed the mayor's head with a tissue paper.
However, after all the grilling, Kimmel tried to have a heart-to-heart with Ford and suggested he should get some help. "If you are an alcoholic, which listen, if you're drinking enough that you try crack in your 40s, maybe that's something that you might want to think about talking to somebody," Kimmel said. He added that he thought Ford was a nice guy with a loving family, and maybe he could set an example for other people going through the same situation.
Ford, who surprisingly kept his cool and even laughed at the bits, told Kimmel, "I wasn't elected to be perfect, Jimmy."
After the show, the Toronto Sun caught up with Ford while he was waiting for his flight at LAX to head home. “It was fine,” Ford said. “Jimmy’s a comedian and he was just doing his job.”
Kimmel even personally picked up Ford and his brother Doug from the airport a day before the Oscars, dressed as a chauffeur. When the Toronto Sun asked Ford if he thought Kimmel would "ambush him," he obviously didn't know what was coming to him since the host was so chummy with him at first.
"This guy’s a classy guy,” he said. “And I don’t mean this out of disrespect for you or anyone—but he’s not the Toronto media. These guys are different down here.”
Here are the clips from Kimmel's show with Ford: