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Jimmy Kimmel: Rob Ford Ridiculed on Show, Urged to Stop Drinking (Video)

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Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that he "wasn't elected to be perfect" and is doing the job voters expect of him in a no-holds-barred interview in Los Angeles Monday night.

Ford, who has drawn intense criticism for his admitted use of crack cocaine and bizarre behavior while in office, defended himself as he was quizzed by Kimmel about his shortcomings.

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"I wasn't elected to be perfect, Jimmy, I was elected to clean up the mess that I inherited, and that's exactly what I've done," Ford told Kimmel.

From the very beginning, Kimmel, the host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," questioned why the mayor of Canada's largest city even agreed to appear on his show.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that you are here, but why are you here?" Kimmel asked Ford, referring to how the mayor has been a target of ridicule on his program. "What good could come of this? Have you ever seen this show?"





Kimmel then read a number of social media comments he said were from Toronto residents who were angry at him for inviting Ford on the show, calling the mayor an "abusive exploiter" and a "very sick, very bad man."

"Is that all they have?" Ford quipped after Kimmel went through the list.

Later in the show, Kimmel took Ford through a series of embarrassing moments caught on tape and asked him to explain, at times leaving Ford looking uncomfortable.
 




Ford, who is running for reelection, brushed off Kimmel's plea to get help for alcoholism, telling the host that the voters of Toronto will vote on his job performance.

"Talk is cheap," Ford said. "Action speaks louder than words. We'll let the people decide on Oct. 27. I'm just a normal average, hardworking politician that's real."

Amin Massoudi, Ford's spokesman, told the Canadian Press that Ford and his brother, Toronto city councilman Doug Ford, paid for their own trip to the show and did not use taxpayer funds. 

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