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Rob Ford's St. Paddy's antics put him back on Kimmel

Posted by Derek Flack / March 18, 2014

Rob Ford Jimmy KimmelYou'd think that Rob Ford segments on Jimmy Kimmel would have gotten old by now -- but, then again, you'd also think that at some point the Mayor would cease to provide so much fodder for the late night host. Neither has happened. The latest episode, of course, was Rob Ford's pre-St. Patrick's Day antics, which involved him reportedly stumbling and swearing outside city hall on Saturday night.

Arguably the best part, and the one that Kimmel capitalizes on, is the brief interview conducted by CTV's Natalie Johnson during the parade the next day. A somewhat horse-sounding Ford evades her question as to whether he was drinking the night before, which leads the host to make a plea on the Mayor's behalf. "Can't you see he's hungover? Leave the man alone!"

And then something involving a leprechaun and crack cocaine happens. Watch the vid to see how Ford is somehow the third figure in this bizarre trifecta.



DL / March 18, 2014 at 08:53 am

Over it. Find me Olivia Chow dancing in a tutu or John Tory saying something remotely interesting.
steve / March 18, 2014 at 08:55 am
Drunk guy takes a cab
That monster!
Dr. Kukko / March 18, 2014 at 09:09 am
Typical media management by the old pro campaign manager, Doug Ford. Are there ANY professionals in the Ford campaign? The people running his competitor's campaigns have impeccable credentials. Guess attracting qualified people is difficult when everyone knows you are an incompetent, lying drunk managed by a lying, incompetent brother. Free labels + lottsa money not enough?
iSkyscraper / March 18, 2014 at 09:21 am
I wonder how it works, exactly. Something like this?

Each morning, Doug Ford (after consulting Mom) comes up with the talking points for the day. These usually revolve around which lie, deflection and change-the-subject tactic to use to get around Rob's latest antic.

For example, the drinking thing evolved from "never seen him drink" to "he's 100% quit" to "he's not perfect, are you?" to "he never said he would stop 100%" to "he's a hero for taking a cab".

Then Doug emails his staff and Rob's staff the talking points and sends them off to post on the Toronto Sun, BlogTO, Torontoist, National Post, etc. comment boards under a series of anonymous names. They might even be told to use their smartphones/iPads to mask their IP addresses.

Meanwhile, Doug tells Randy to say nothing, and tells Rob's driver to go distract him with a shiny object for a while.

By the end of the day he's appeared on a radio show or newsclip repeating the talking point and on the attack against anyone who might serve as a target to draw attention away from Rob. (Deep down, Doug loves the media because he knows they are not too bright and will eat up anything he says, no matter how outrageous).

Must be a fun life.
Ryan / March 18, 2014 at 09:35 am
To look amazing, Ford literally just needs to not be seen drunk in the streets or yelling like an ass on camera. AND HE STILL CAN'T DO IT.

dog / March 18, 2014 at 09:35 am
well / March 18, 2014 at 09:41 am
If i was drunk outside my place of employment and cussing at people I would be fired just saying.
Editor / March 18, 2014 at 09:51 am
He may well sound like a horse, but you meant 'hoarse-sounding.'
Dr. Kukko / March 18, 2014 at 09:52 am
Although iSkyscraper's comment has the ring of truth, can it possibly be accurate? I guess there never will be a book entitled, "The Making of a Drunk Mayor" so we will never know. I liked Doolittle's book, but we need an experienced political writer, like a Richard Gwynn- type, to write an analysis of all this, especially if Ford isn't thrown out of office in October.
Deb replying to a comment from well / March 18, 2014 at 09:57 am
You'd be fired because your a weak worm that doesn't know how to fight back for themselves. Is the world always this hard on you?
Ummm replying to a comment from Deb / March 18, 2014 at 10:09 am
So your place of work lets you get hammered and act like an idiot, so long as you can stand up for yourself? Are you the Mayor?
Deb replying to a comment from Deb / March 18, 2014 at 10:14 am
No I workplace does not allow that. BUT I understand the law and it would be a wrongful dismissal if I was fired for my behavior outside the office on the sidewalk which is not the property of my work and it was hours after the place was closed up, locked up and the lights were off.
McRib / March 18, 2014 at 10:26 am
cool Deb, you're awesome.
Realist (mostly) replying to a comment from Deb / March 18, 2014 at 10:29 am
Oh, Deb. I wish you were my boss. "Sure, you get drunk and/or high repeatedly in public and don't show up at work the next day until well after noon, but I can't fire you!"
Taliba / March 18, 2014 at 10:30 am
Hello! When a person's voice is scratchy, it's hoarse. Not horse.
Ah go'wan then, luv.... / March 18, 2014 at 10:34 am
Awww, adorable. Who's the most lovable wife-beating, gay-hating, race-baiting Mayor in all th' land?

Might I add a Mighty "Erin Go Bragh!" to you, Sir Crack-a-lot!

Alex replying to a comment from steve / March 18, 2014 at 10:37 am
You don't get credit for sh!t you're supposed to do.
Alex replying to a comment from Editor / March 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

"Mayor Ford were you drinking last night?"

Great point, iSkyscraper! replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / March 18, 2014 at 10:55 am
What a really fascinating observation, something I've never given any thought to. And it makes complete sense.

Okay, maybe someone ELSE on their staff does this job (or perhaps an external private agency they've hired??), but SOMEBODY has to be the quarterback every day, right? I could totally see Doug doing this, it's right up his alley because he always considers himself the smartest guy in the room.

God...I would hate to be in conservative politics, this kind of stuff --the constant, all-important massaging of message, to always be ensuring everyone is always on-script, yuck. What a complete waste of time and life and soul.

Sure, the other parties do the same, all the way down to the independents and even Greens. But somehow for the other parties it's business, but with the conservative-types, it's capital "I" Identity, and there's something about that that is both sad and, quite frankly, gross.

Makes sense that Doug would be leading the charge then, because you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone sadder or grosser.

(enter nonsensical mouth-breather rebuttal in five, four, three, two, one...)
DOUG$20 / March 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

I want to start off by saying Jimmy Kimmel is an incredible host.
In my opinion, he's an arrogant S.O.B., and I'll tell you the reason why.
Any host that makes a living off the people that watch his shows and then makes fun of his guests once thier back home and across the border.
Who does this character think he is? He thinks he’s God? He goes on his own show… and changes on a dime!

If I wasn't too busy sitting here commenting on BlogTo, I'd be suing his ass off right now, to be frank with you.
Mr. LJ replying to a comment from steve / March 18, 2014 at 11:03 am
It's not the fact that it's a drunk guy taking a cab, we've all done that. It's the fact that he's:
(a) our mayor
(b) supposedly cleaning up his rampant alcoholism (a promise he made)
(c) repeatedly displaying the same behaviour time and time again
(d) allowing him drug and alcohol problems to affect his work (not showing up to meetings or his office after binging, causing an enormous distraction to council functioning, etc)
(e) a public figure who represents our city
(f) making a mockery of Toronto and its politics
Ummmm replying to a comment from Deb / March 18, 2014 at 11:10 am
And you got that way when you entered your office after hours to drink from the supply you keep locked up in your office? When someone's drinking affects their work, regardless of when or where that drinking takes place, getting canned for that is NOT wrongful dismissal when the after hours behaviour affects on the clock productivity. So to tell someone here to grow a spine is just stupid. This kind of crap gets you fired one way or another, no matter how much you bluster.
jeff replying to a comment from Mr. LJ / March 18, 2014 at 11:18 am
Fact is we don't know if he was drunk or not.
"Deb understands the law" / March 18, 2014 at 11:36 am
Really? Then why did you get it so wrong?
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from Ummmm / March 18, 2014 at 11:55 am
You'll have to forgive Deb. It's obvious she's been drinking heavily since well before 10:00 this morning.
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from jeff / March 18, 2014 at 11:57 am
You do realize if he's acting like this when sober, that reflects even more poorly on him, don't you?
steve replying to a comment from DOUG$20 / March 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm
Something Rob abd Dug Ford do all the time except they use the office of the mayor of Toronto as a platform. Far more reprehensible.
Fred replying to a comment from brass pole / March 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm
No its Kathleen Wynne shuns the public
Montana / March 18, 2014 at 01:40 pm
"Horse sounding"?
"Horse sounding"?
What, did Ford whinny or neigh? Come on " blogTO "journalists" , surely you mean Ford was "hoarse sounding."

Except when he sounds like an ass.
redheadednomad replying to a comment from Deb / March 18, 2014 at 01:45 pm
Deb, I think you might get fired if you were caught swearing at one of your customers (as our Mayor apparently did on St paddy's day).
jaaaaaaaaaaat replying to a comment from redheadednomad / March 18, 2014 at 02:03 pm
People of Toronto are not "customers"
You have eaten too much of Ford Nation's bullshit.
People of Toronto are citizens whom are lead by their mayor, not served by their mayor.

Customers are for label businesses.
OK, Fred, I'll bite / March 18, 2014 at 02:05 pm
What does your comment mean? Anything? Anything? Anything?
No, Jeff, he admitted he was drinking. / March 18, 2014 at 02:25 pm
You must be a Fordite without a television or radio who moves his lips when he reads...slows you down, doesn't it?
Linc of Mod Squad / March 18, 2014 at 02:28 pm
user-pic a link?
Dr. Kukko / March 18, 2014 at 02:30 pm
Now a serious question: In a technical sense, is Doug pimping Rob out?
Deb / March 18, 2014 at 02:44 pm
Clearly none of you are educated enough to work for a Canadian Crown Corporation so I understand why your confused and don't know how it works in the real world. I get 5 weeks vacation, 25 sick days a year and there's nothing I can do outside of the company with drinking or drugs that would get me fired. As an employee if I've become so stressed that I'm driven to behaviours of any addiction the company MUST provide me with the benefits and care 100% to recovery whether I takes 6 months or 6years. You cannot be fired for this type of behaviour. I'm guaranteed my position whether I remain on the job, or have to take a leave and return to work later.
Aaron / March 18, 2014 at 02:48 pm
So when Kevin Spacey doesn't take pictures with people he's an SOB. What's it called when Ford doesn't take a picture with a kid?
Enabling Rofo / March 18, 2014 at 02:50 pm
douggies no "p eye m p". Enabler? shizzle. robie wouldnt have run for mayor if it wasnt for douggie.

now mama ford, livin hi & mighty in her etobicoke castle, is a "madam" of sorts, cuz she needs decos trust fund ripe to keep up appearances. she is gonna push her sons to run in politiks.

deco labels only makes mo profit when their custies think they can also win city contracts for tender jobs. tender jobs douggie has been promising ALOT of companies cuz his lil bro is mayor.

"ford nation" is not just a bunch of low-paid peeps who "keep it real". ford nation is large companies lobbying fords & lookin to line their pockets. they employee low-paid people, then biggup deco lables and the fords.

politiks has lil to do with winnin votes or returning phone calls. behind all the circus show are fat cats makin mad money.
Deb....go on long tetm...NOW! / March 18, 2014 at 03:17 pm
In a secure psycho facility.
Ummmm replying to a comment from Deb / March 18, 2014 at 03:33 pm
Oh for crying out loud Deb, not all of us are so blessed as to be brilliant enough to secure employment at a crown corporation. Most of us work in the private sector, where we CAN get canned if drinking or drug use directly affects our work performance. It will be different depending on the company, but there you go. We can't all be brilliant like you. And btw, working in the private sector IS part of the real world. So I'm not sure what kind of points you were trying to get with that one.
Deb, honey / March 18, 2014 at 03:34 pm
user-pic really have strange ideas about employment law and who reads this blog.
Not a typo / March 18, 2014 at 03:47 pm
Ford IS an animal...calling him a horse is a compliment compared to what my wife calls him, donchaknow!
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from Deb / March 18, 2014 at 04:30 pm
You think Ford behaves the way he does because he's stressed? What a wonderfully rich fantasy life you must have.

Your fantasy crown corp job sounds rich too. Do they give you bonuses for hanging out posting here during the day?
Deb replying to a comment from Davy Gravy / March 18, 2014 at 05:36 pm
I get paid and bonused on work performed by salary not by the hour or shift. When your this good you get an office with a door that locks. They can't see what I'm doing anyway I can be on here or doing squats and they'd never know, it's called responsibility, try and get some when you grow up. First you'll notice your voice may change, then hair may start to sprout in areas you never expected unlit then let the adults do the talking.
So, Deb.... / March 18, 2014 at 07:43 pm
Proud to be a civil servant? Well, better than being..what, a sewer cleaner, a sump pump specialist,...Oh, I know! A disgusting pig Mayor!
Steve / March 18, 2014 at 07:57 pm
DEB FOR MAYOR!!! Throw your hat in the ring DEB!!! You've got as good a chance as anyone...
Deb, honey.. / March 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm
But you don't need primary school grammar/spelling for your fancy job? Matter of fact, guess need any such skills...for manual labour. Deb....I call bullshit!
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from Deb, honey.. / March 18, 2014 at 11:21 pm
"When your this good" apparently you don't need none o' that fancy book learnin' and stuff.
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from Deb / March 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm
Uh-huh. I'm sure your "office" door locks, just not from the inside...
Deb's Boss / March 19, 2014 at 12:59 am
"Your" fired!
Dr. Kukko / March 19, 2014 at 10:03 am
Is "Liban" the name of Ford's dog?
confirm or dany / March 22, 2014 at 09:23 am
Rob ford owns a Speedo...didn't want Dale taking picture
Drew Peacock / March 22, 2014 at 02:34 pm
Ford is great!!--He never gets old. We love him here in the West, in the oil patch where there is big money and not so many fags waving ze rainbow flags

Montgomery triangle is awesome!
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