March 04, 2014 7:36pm PT by Philiana Ng
Jimmy Kimmel Defends Rob Ford Interview: 'I Hope We're Still on for Go-Karting'
A day after Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy Kimmel addressed reports that Ford was "upset" following the taping.
“We had an interesting night last night. The mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, was here -- and after that, I’m not sure what happened," Kimmel said during Tuesday's monologue.
“It seemed like we were having fun. We went over -- much of his remarkable life. We reviewed some of his home videos. But then after the show, he was apparently upset," Kimmel continued. "Why, I’m not exactly sure. I asked him about drinking and smoking crack. What were we supposed to talk about? His other hobbies?”
“The thing is – it’s hard to tell whether Mayor Ford is mad or not because his face is always bright red; it doesn’t change colors," he said, referencing Ford's profuse sweating during the interview and his "magician"-like black tux and bright red tie.
Kimmel expressed that "it was not my intention to upset the mayor" before making one last joke: “I hope we’re still on for go-karting this weekend."
"He’s a little upset,” the mayor's brother, Doug, a fellow Toronto councilor, told the Toronto Sun after the taping Monday. Ford later told The Sun that he was OK with being skewered by Kimmel. "No, it was more Doug that was upset. I told him, 'What are you upset about?' No big deal. I was fine. There was some tough questions but it was fun. I had a blast."
During Ford's three-segment interview, Kimmel barraged the disgraced mayor -- who is seeking re-election in October -- with questions about allegations that he is homophobic and addicted to drugs and alcohol, and showed damaging and embarrassing videos.