Jimmy Kimmel to Appear on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's YouTube Show (Report)
TORONTO – Rob Ford may be looking for a little payback with news Jimmy Kimmel will be joining the Toronto mayor and his brother, Doug Ford, on their YouTube show Ford Nation.
The Toronto Sun newspaper reports Kimmel will appear via Skype on an upcoming episode of the online series timed to coincide with Rob Ford's re-election campaign as it ramps up with celebrity spectacle.
Toronto's crack-smoking mayor recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Los Angeles, only to be skewered by the late-night TV host for past abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol and damaging online video revelations.
The mayor first invited Kimmel to appear on Ford Nation during that interview.
A rep for Kimmel confirmed the host accepted Ford's offer during the Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview, adding that no date has been set for a Ford Nation appearance while Kimmel focuses on his Austin shows.
The Hollywood visit was followed by conflicting reports on whether Rob Ford was upset about his treatment on the U.S. late night show, or took being treated like a comedy punch-bag in his stride.
The Ford brothers are also looking to tape their YouTube series in front of a live studio audience.
"It will go worldwide," Doug Ford, who is also a Toronto councilor, told the Toronto Sun.
A possible appearance by Kimmel comes as the Toronto mayor steps up his media campaign to be re-elected in October, despite having lost virtually all of his mayoralty powers due to his ongoing Crackergate scandal and criminal investigation.