'Truly Disturbing' Toronto Mayor Gets TV Show

As Ontario premier offers to help city ditch Rob Ford

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 15, 2013 4:04 AM CST

(Newser) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has lost his credibility, the trust of voters, the support of former allies on the city council, and even his invite to the Santa Claus Parade—but he's gained a TV show. The mayor, increasingly isolated after a long stream of scandals, will begin hosting a show called "Ford Nation" on Canada's Sun News Network next week, reports CNN, which notes that critics call the network "Fox News North." The network—comparing Ford to Rush Limbaugh or Howard Stern—says the show will pick up where Ford and his brother Doug's radio show left off. "You just never know what he is going to say," the network says.

But while the man now famous worldwide as Canada's crack-smoking mayor may have a media career in front of him, his days of running Toronto may soon be over. City councillors—some of whom have begun turning their backs whenever Ford speaks—are finalizing a motion to strip him of his budget and nearly all his powers, leaving him "mayor in name only," the National Post reports. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, meanwhile, says Ford's behavior is "truly disturbing" and she is willing to give the city council "new tools" they could use to get rid of him, as long as the measures have cross-party support, reports the Toronto Star.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talks on his cell phone as he makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto yesterday.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talks on his cell phone as he makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Mayor Rob Ford reacts at city council members regarding new allegations against him in Toronto yesterday.
Mayor Rob Ford reacts at city council members regarding new allegations against him in Toronto yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
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