Toronto Mayor Admits Dropping F-Bomb After CBC TV Ambush
Rob Ford: "I did use the 'f-word at some point... I never called anyone any names."
TORONTO – The F-bomb yes, “bitches” no.
That’s the word from red-faced Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who said he used the f-word when ringing a 911 emergency dispatcher on Monday after a run-in with the CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedy show.
“I did use the ‘f-word’ at some point as I expressed my frustration with the situation. After being attacked in my driveway, I hope I can be excused for saying the f-word. I never called anyone any names,” Ford said Thursday in a statement.
He also told reporters later that he felt threatened when he was approached by Canadian actress Mary Walsh, dressed as her Marg Delahunty Warrior Princess TV character, for an unexpected interview.
The Canadian satirical news show's segment with Ford aired nationwide Tuesday night.
The Canadian media is ferociously debating just what the Toronto mayor said on the 911 emergency calls, with the transcripts or recordings yet to be released to the public.
The CBC News Network cited police sources that indicate Ford told one dispatcher: “You … bitches! Don’t you f--king know? I’m Rob f--king Ford, the mayor of this city!”
The public broadcaster is standing by what police sources told their reporters.
The Toronto Sun, whose parent Quebecor Media is in the midst of a legal battle with the CBC over federally-imposed program spending disclosures, cited its own police sources to indicate the Toronto mayor on the 911 dispatch calls expressed frustration with being kept waiting for a police response.
"'I waited 15 f--king minutes, I’m on my way down to City Hall,” the source told the Toronto Sun, conveying Ford’s words.
The Sun sources also indicate Ford did not utter the word “bitches” on the emergency phone calls.
The Toronto Police Services, which operates the 911 dispatch service, said emergency response calls are normally private and cannot be released to the public.
But the Toronto police have given permission for Ford to release the recordings of his 911 calls, which has put pressure on the Toronto mayor to make them public to clear the air.