Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: 'I Am Not an International Celebrity'
TORONTO -- Toronto mayor Rob Ford doesn't see himself as a global celebrity.
That's despite the Canadian politician becoming his own 24/7 reality show, largely of his own making, as he campaigns for re-election.
Ford on Thursday insisted he's just a "hard-working guy," even after a seemingly endless stream of controversial videos, often where the mayor appears incoherent and ranting, have become fodder for U.S. late-night TV hosts.
David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel routinely skewer the Toronto mayor for not stepping down as his illicit drug and alcohol use continues as the subject of a police investigation -- and their opening monologues.
"Number one, folks, I am not an international celebrity. I'm an average hard-working guy that goes to work every day, comes home to their family, takes my kids out, supports my wife and family, and does whatever I can. That's what normal fathers do," the Toronto mayor said.
Ford insisted the media will not get him off his game as he looks to save taxpayer dollars at city hall.
"I am not a celebrity, and I don't like being called an international celebrity. If the late-night shows wanna make fun of me, that’s their job. Let them make fun of me," he insisted.
Ford's political career may be in shambles after admissions of crack cocaine use and "drunken stupors," but he continues to make appearances on U.S. TV shows, including NBC's Today and Fox News.
Also Thursday on Ford Nation, the mayor's brother, Doug Ford, who is also a Toronto city councilor, insisted U.S. TV talk shows were calling daily to get Rob Ford on their shows.
"Doing everything they can, calling me every night. And you know something, we might go on one of them," Doug Ford said, hinting at a U.S. TV appearance.
"Well, I'm going to be on a plane going somewhere. He's going to set it up. You heard it here first," the Toronto mayor said.
Ford, meanwhile, has been virtually stripped of his political powers from his Crackergate scandal.