Rob Ford’s red-faced interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live

by Joey deVilla on March 4, 2014

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IM THE MAYOR DEAL WITH IT 2Jimmy Kimmel is the late-night talk show host who’s been getting the most mileage out telling jokes at the expense of Toronto mayor Rob Ford, so why His Worship agreed to appear on the show is a mystery, even to Kimmel. Immediately after Ford took his seat, Kimmel asked Ford: “Don’t get me wrong, I’m very very happy that you’re here. But…why are you here? What good could come from this? Have you ever seen the show?”

Here’s part one of his appearance:

Ford walks on at the 0:19 mark, at which point the band plays Toots and the Maytals’ hit, Pressure Drop. It’s a subtle dig for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a reggae tune and likely a poke at Ford’s infamous semi-coherent patois rant at one of his favourite hangouts, Steak Queen:

Second, it has these lyrics, which speak of a well-deserved comeuppance:

I say a pressure drop, oh pressure
Oh yeah, pressure drop a drop on you
I say a pressure drop, oh pressure
Oh yeah, pressure drop a drop on you

I say when it drops, oh you gonna feel it
Pressure pressure pressure pressure
(Know that you were doing wrong)
Pressure drops, oh pressure pressure pressure pressure
(Know that you were doing wrong)

It’s a dig in the spirit of the time when Michelle Bachmann appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show and his band, The Roots, intro’d her with Fishbone’s Lyin’ Ass Bitch.

In case you’re not familiar with Pressure Drop, here’s the original by Toots and the Maytals:

Here’s part two of his appearance, which features a comparison of photos of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and Rob Ford, a discussion of Ford’s daring Toronto Chief of Police Bill Blair to arrest him, and the infamous if still unseen “crack video”:

This segment makes it really clear that Rob wasn’t looking healthy last night. His red and black suit, shirt, and tie combination drew a lot of attention to his face, which was a colour that while suitable for ripe fuji apples, is a big health warning sign for humans:

red rob ford

An unaltered, un-colour-corrected, non-Photoshopped screen capture from the video.

Kimmel took a moment to wipe the sweat off Rob’s glistening forehead, some of which may have been nerves (perfectly normal, especially if you’re appearing on a live show watched by millions), and some of which may have been from being a massive guy with impulse control issues.

It gets more embarrassing in part 3, in which Kimmel shows a photo of the snack tray in Ford’s dressing room, showing the desserts having been devoured but the vegetable tray untouched, and then marched him to stage right to show him a selection of the videos that made him notorious and asked him to provide some context:

Rob has no explanations for any of the videos, even the “angry, drunken, violent rant” which is supposedly to be about his arranging for beatdown of his former brother-in-law in prison:

Ford claimed that he couldn’t recall whom he was ranting about in the video, to which Kimmel replied: “You have that many enemies, you don’t know which one this was?”

Here’s the final segment, in which Ford talks about his running for re-election, and in which Kimmel suggests that he seek help for alcoholism:

The most telling part of that final segment is the exchange in which Kimmel suggests that Ford seek some professional help. Ford will have none of it, and stays on his campaign message:

Kimmel: “If you are an alcoholic…if you’re drinking enough that you can try crack in your forties and you don’t remember it, maybe that’s something you might want to think about, you know, talking to somebody.”

Ford: “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…You know what, talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words, and we’ll let the people decide on October 27.”

If you’re interested in a transcript of the interview, the National Post has posted one online.

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