Ford to appear on talk show
Mayor Rob Ford, who has parlayed profane rants and confessions of crack-smoking and drunken stupors into international celebrity status, is set to make a guest appearance on an American late-night talk show.
The scheduled appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is the culmination of months of wooing of Ford to appear as a guest of Kimmel, who repeatedly has skewered the Toronto mayor.
“I’ve never been more excited about a guest than I am for this one—our guest [Monday] night will be Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, that is right,” Kimmel said.
At that point to audience cheers, a grinning Ford—dressed in a tuxedo—emerged on stage.
“You’re on the show tomorrow night,” Kimmel said.
“Oh, I’m sorry, Jimmy,” Ford responded, before waving at the enthusiastic crowd and disappearing backstage.
Actor Kevin Spacey, who then sat down with Kimmel, took a few jabs of his own at the mayor.
“That’s the first time I’ve had to follow a Ford,” Spacey quipped.
“And one that was so banged up.”
When Kimmel thanked Spacey for sharing a dressing rooming with the mayor, Spacey responded, “Well, he threw up all over it but those are the chances you take.”
Ford is booked as the main guest on tonight’s show, along with the furry Muppet character “Gonzo.”
The show’s co-executive producer Jason Schrift said Ford has been a media fixture.
“We stay on top of any story that seems to have legs,” Schrift said yesterday.
Since stories emerged last May of a video showing Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine, Kimmel has relied on the mayor for a mountain of monologue material.
When Toronto council in November voted to strip Ford of most of his mayoral powers, but allowed him to represent the city at official functions, Kimmel quipped, “That’s the one I would be worried about.”