Rob Ford joked about his alcohol-induced memory lapses with comedian Jimmy Kimmel in a new episode of the Toronto mayor’s YouTube talk show.
When Mr. Kimmel said he couldn’t explain a previous decision because he was so drunk at the time, Mr. Ford choked back laughter and said: “I used that excuse one too many times myself.”
Mr. Ford, who has made light of his alcohol use in previous episodes of his show, has been embroiled in controversy since he admitted last fall to smoking crack cocaine “probably in one of my drunken stupors.”
Mr. Ford and his brother Councillor Doug Ford hosted Mr. Kimmel on their Ford Nation YouTube show six weeks after the mayor was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! During that appearance, Mr. Ford told the talk show host he didn’t remember whom he was talking about in a video that emerged last fall that showed him excitedly issuing a string of profane threats.
Mr. Kimmel’s appearance on the Fords’ show, which was posted on YouTube on Sunday, also veered into risqué territory when the Fords invited the comedian to Toronto in November to celebrate his and Doug Ford’s birthdays, which are a week apart.
When Doug Ford told Mr. Kimmel he would have to sleep at the mayor’s house, he said: “I’m not just planning to sleep at Rob’s place. Rob, I want to sleep with you and your wife.”
The mayor laughed heartily as his brother said: “Well, we’d better not comment on that one.”
During the segment, Mr. Kimmel appeared via Google+ displaying his Rob Ford bobblehead dolls and wearing a monochromatic black suit and shirt with a bright red tie and pocket square, the same style of outfit the mayor had worn on his show. “I admired the look and I’ve been dressing like this regularly now,” he said.
Doug Ford asked Mr. Kimmel, who has taken a keen interest in the mayor’s exploits, when he would “get your backside up here to save your job” and help the mayor get re-elected.
He responded that he wanted to throw “not even a fundraiser … a fun-raiser where we go and we just have fun in classic Rob Ford style.”
Mayor Ford ended the 5 1/2 minute segment by thanking Mr. Kimmel, a stark contrast to his reaction after appearing on the comedian’s show. At the time, Mr. Kimmel said Mr. Ford had been upset about being grilled.
“Thank you so much for joining us today,” the mayor told him. “I really appreciate the support and all the best to you.”