'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
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)

(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.

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Nov 17, 2013 11:47 PM CST
Now I'm really disturbed at myself that I almost feel sorry for this guy. Maybe it's because I'm want to assume that he's really not that bad of guy under all his addictions. Of course I know nothing else about him other THAN his addictions, so we really have no idea. As a San Diego resident though, I can say for certainty who I didn't have any sympathy for, and that was our guy, Mr. Grabby-Hands, Bob Filner. You just kind of shake your head when you read down the laundry list of that guy's issues... I can't help thinking, "well HELL, unless there's something we don't know about Rob Ford, at least hes not as bad as THAT guy!" Of course, nothing like setting a low bar....
Nov 15, 2013 3:14 PM CST
He has that crackhead confidence.
Pinky Mendez
Nov 15, 2013 8:58 AM CST
So a top qualification to get a TV show on Canada's right wing media is to be a drunk, out-of-control, crack-smoking, blow-hard, sweating, lying, whore-monger? You gotta love right-wing values.