Toronto’s getting international attention, as Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle is set to appear on U.S. television’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss her new book Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story.
“I hope I can go down there and explain to everybody how awesome Toronto is,” Doolittle told CityNews on Monday.
“This is the best city in the world as far as I’m concerned. I’m excited to go down and represent that while also giving the fuller picture about our mayor … He might be funny, but there are serious consequences to some of these actions.”
Doolittle is one of three journalists to view the infamous crack video that kicked off a series of scandals for the mayor last spring.
Her book goes into detail about Ford’s family history, his run for mayor, and his drug use.
Doolittle told CityNews she set out to answer two questions, Why did Toronto elect Rob Ford? And why is Ford the way he is?
“To really give the full picture, you need a longer narrative,” Doolittle told CityNews of her decision to write the book.
Interest has been high in Doolittle’s book and the insights it might provide into the elusive mayor’s life.
Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong said he’s interested to read the book in hopes of gaining some insight into his colleagues.
“It’s a history of city hall over the last number of months and it will be interesting to see the insights she has and the information that we don’t know,” said Minnan-Wong. “I don’t know Rob well. He kind of keeps to himself. And so if this gives a perspective on that I’d be interested to read it.”
But not everyone is so eager to read it.
“You gotta be kidding me,” said Doug Ford when asked if he planned to read the book.
The mayor’s brother and council colleague said the book isn’t changing the tack of Ford supporters.
“It just gets the Ford Nation going even more.”
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart airs Thursday at 11 p.m.
Will you be tuning in to Thursday’s interview?