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Ford takes to YouTube to say don't call him a celebrity

Rob Ford says don't call him an celebrity in the latest batch of Ford Nation YouTube videos just posted online today. The pair were answering a question from a viewer who asked how Rob Ford juggles being a politician and an international celebrity.

"I'm just an average, hard-working guy that goes to work every day, comes home to their family, takes my kids out, supports my wife and family, and does whatever I can," he said. "That's what normal fathers do."

The pair also discussed Doug Ford's controversial plan for the Port Lands, which included a monorail, mega-mall, and a boat-in hotel. Ford announced the idea in 2011, saying Waterfront Toronto, an agency charged with revitalizing the city's lakefront lands with money from Ottawa, Queen's Park, and the city, wasn't doing a good enough job.

"We have a great waterfront, the problem is we don't have anyone running the waterfront," Doug Ford said today. He said Waterfront Toronto had "wasted over a billion dollars" on projects like Sugar Beach, which he called "a concrete beach with some aluminum umbrellas."

Doug Ford called city councillors who don't visit Toronto Community Housing "poverty pimps."

"If the late night shows want to make fun of me, that's their job, let them make fun of me," Rob Ford said near the end of a video called "Ready for Late Night."

"They're also calling every night to get you on, by the way," said Doug. "They're doing everything they can, calling me every night, and you know something, we might go on one of them."

"I'm going to be going on a plane going somewhere, you just set it up," Rob said.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.


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