Mayor Rob Ford’s series of apologies following his admission to smoking crack cocaine has landed him in the second spot on Time magazine’s Top 10 apologies of the year.
In November, Ford held a press conference and said he was ashamed and embarrassed to admit that that he had tried the drug – blaming it on a drunken stupor.
In the following weeks Ford also found himself apologizing for making sexually obscene comments and almost knocking down Coun. Pam McConnell during a city council meeting.
Ford’s actions prompted council to vote overwhelmingly to strip him of more of his mayoral powers and hand many of his duties over to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.
Ford also became daily comic fodder for late-night talk shows as well as Saturday Night Live.
The number 1 spot on Time’s list went to celebrity chef Paula Dean after her admission of using racial slurs had her booted from her top-rated show on the Food Network and saw Walmart, Target and QVC pull out of endorsement deals.
When asked about landing in the number 2 spot on Time’s list Ford joked, “Not number 1?”
Last week, Maclean’s magazine named Ford Newsmaker of the Year – eclipsing such high profile candidates as astronaut Chris Hadfield and controversial singer Miley Cyrus.
With files from The Canadian Press