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Toronto mayor's appears on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on the Jimmy Kimmel Show

TORONTO (AP) - Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford laughed off Jimmy Kimmel's suggestion that he get help for his drinking problem and was reported to be upset about his appearance on the late night TV talk show.

Ford's appearance Monday night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in Los Angeles was the culmination of months of wooing by the talk show host to get Ford to appear as a guest.

Ford tossed T-shirts to the audience to loud applause as he came on stage after Kimmel introduced him by saying "our first guest tonight has tripped, bumped, danced, argued and smoked his way into our national consciousness."

Kimmel told Ford that if he's an alcoholic, and drinking enough that he would try crack cocaine in his 40s, "and you don't remember it, maybe that's something that you might want to think about, like talking to somebody."

Ford shot back his head and laughed before saying he "wasn't elected to be perfect."

"I was elected to clean up the mess that I inherited, and that's exactly what I did," Ford said, defending his record as mayor.

Ford made international headlines last year when he acknowledged having smoked crack cocaine while in a drunken stupor. He continues to draw attention for his erratic behavior, but has resisted pressure to step down and is seeking re-election in October.

The audience applauded after Kimmel told Ford that accepting help "is nothing to be ashamed of" and would set a "good example for other people who might be in a similar situation." When asked again about getting help, Ford said: "Talk is cheap, action speaks louder than words. We'll let the people decide on October 27. I'm just a normal, average, hard-working politician that's real."

"You are not the average politician," Kimmel quipped. "You are the most wonderful mayor I've ever witnessed."

Earlier during the segment, Ford and Kimmel left their seats during the segment to watch a series of videos depicting the mayor of Canada's largest city in a variety of embarrassing scenes, including a cell phone video of Ford ranting about wanting to kill someone. Ford said he didn't know who he was talking about in the video.

"You have no idea?" an incredulous Kimmel asked. "You have that many enemies that you don't know which one this was?"

Kimmel also played several other videos, including one from a city council meeting in which he mimes a drunk driver and another that shows him dumping and throwing - not handing - candy canes to children during a Santa Claus parade. The red-faced mayor stood next to a video screen and was asked to comment about each of them.

Kimmel earlier dabbed sweat pouring off of Ford's forehead with tissues and asked Ford why he had agreed to come on the show.

"Why are you here? What good could come of this? Have you ever seen the show?" said Kimmel, who had repeatedly skewered Ford on his show.

Doug Ford, the mayor's brother who traveled with the mayor to Los Angeles, later told The Toronto Sun that the mayor "was a little upset" after appearing on the show. The Sun reporter wrote that he heard the mayor say in the background of the phone call that he was "set up."

Doug Ford and a spokesman for the mayor didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Before the show, Ford had said that his appearance on Kimmel's show was intended to promote Toronto's film industry, describing his city as "Hollywood North."

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toddpugz March 04 2014 at 7:33 AM

He just proves the saying about the difference between a drunk and an alcoholic, alcoholics have to go to them meetings.

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byoung3941 March 04 2014 at 10:56 AM

Is Toronto doing well under Ford? People who live there say yes. The city now has an unbelievable profile world wide. A wise politician once told me : don't worry about what they say about you as long as they spell your name correctly. In a business based on name recognition good advice. As long as they continue to do well good luck to them. It's actually a nice city.

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b62850 March 04 2014 at 10:58 AM

How about impeachment?

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elmmaestro March 04 2014 at 11:00 AM

Yes it's sad that this clown holds such high office, but it's even sadder that Chris Farley isn't here to properly lampoon him.

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Doug elmmaestro March 04 2014 at 12:29 PM

Yeah. What's up with Canada? Between this clown and the thug Beiber, they are looking bad.

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JANET March 04 2014 at 11:59 AM

thank goodness for rob ford!!!!!

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wlab123 JANET March 04 2014 at 1:21 PM

Thank Molson for Rob Ford.

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wlh1923 March 04 2014 at 12:16 PM

What better place for that comic character than on the Kimmel show

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The Canoli King March 04 2014 at 12:50 PM

FORD...Fix- Or- Re-hab- Daily.

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Carole March 04 2014 at 1:33 PM

Why would anyone put this man on late night television? Why would Kimmel think that more public humiliation for a man who has obvious problems is entertainment? The fact that Ford failed to realize he was putting himself on the line for ridicule just shows how delusional the man is.

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racurrry March 04 2014 at 1:37 PM

This guy should be expelled from Canada. He is an embarrassment. Don't let him immigrate to the United States, but on the other hand, he would fit right in with America's politicians of the day.

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Simple Stuff March 04 2014 at 1:40 PM

This fella is a walking heart attack. I would be surprised if he is not deceased within 5 years.

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corgibuses Simple Stuff March 04 2014 at 2:41 PM

Again. What does this have to do with his successful tenure as mayor?

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hathor38 Simple Stuff March 04 2014 at 2:53 PM

YOU are so right! One sign is Sweating so much it's a sign he also has a sustance problems.

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