Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have laughed off Jimmy Kimmel's suggestion that he get help for his drinking problem by cracking jokes when he appeared on his late night TV show Monday, but today it's being reported that he was upset about his stint on the talk show.
Jimmy Kimmel introduced Rob Ford by saying, "our first guest tonight has tripped, bumped, danced, argued and smoked his way into our national consciousness," according to the Daily News on March 4, 2014.
Ford tossed T-shirts to the audience with rousing applause as he came on stage Monday night in Los Angeles. His guest spot was the culmination of months of Kimmel wooing Ford to get him to make an appearance.
Kimmel wasted no time and pulled no punches when he told Ford that if he's an alcoholic and drinking to the extent that he would try crack cocaine in his 40s, that maybe he should talk to someone about it.
Ford threw his head back and laughed responding that he wasn’t elected to be perfect. He went on to defend his record as Mayor of Toronto claiming he inherited a mess, and that he cleaned it up.
During one segment, Kimmel directed Ford to a video screen where he played multiple recordings of the mayor in compromising positions, apparently inebriated and behaving erratically.
Earlier, Kimmel dabbed Ford's forehead with tissues as the embattled politician, visibly red-faced, broke into a sweat. You can watch video clips of the show by clicking here.
The mayor's brother, Doug Ford, traveled with him to Los Angeles for the taping. He later told "The Toronto Sun" that the mayor was a bit upset after his appearance on the show.
Another publication, "The Sun", wrote that the mayor was heard to say in a phone call that he felt "set up". But later Ford claimed he was okay with the show and that it was his brother Doug who was more bothered.
Neither Doug Ford nor a spokesman for the mayor responded to messages seeking comment.