May 26, 2015


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Rob Ford's 'hat trick' video fodder for talk-show jokes

The alleged crack video scandal surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continues to be fodder for late night talk shows.

Jon Stewart spent several minutes skewering the mayor Monday night, zeroing in on the apology he delivered on his radio talk show Sunday on Newstalk 1010.

He poked fun at Ford over a bombshell statement by Toronto police that they have a video media reports have said appears to show Ford smoking crack cocaine and making racist and homophobic remarks.

Stewart said in Canada "that's referred to as a hat trick," and then made fun of Ford's promise to no longer appear intoxicated in public but to drink at home.

"You realize 'From now on, I'm just going to get (expletive) up at home' may not be the answer to either your substance abuse problems or your job as the guy who runs Toronto," he said.

Ford had said the alleged video did not exist, and denied he smoked crack cocaine.

But the police statement about the video went international, as news outlets as far as India, Europe and Australia carried coverage of Thursday's revelations.

Other talk show hosts, including Jay Leno and Howard Stern, have also made Ford the butt of recent jokes.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 6, 2013 ??65534

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