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Jimmy Kimmel weighs in on CityVote Toronto mayoral debate

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel weighed in on the first televised Toronto mayoral debate — and took several digs at Mayor Rob Ford — during his opening monologue of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday.

“Ford did well, he stayed on message, he even went a whole 20 seconds before sweating through his suit,” Kimmel joked.

“When Rob Ford ran for mayor back in 2010, his slogan was ‘stop the gravy train.’ Then he realized he loved gravy.”

Kimmel has had a keen interest in Toronto municipal politics ever since Ford’s crack cocaine scandal and his erratic behaviour became fodder for him and other talk show hosts.

Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 3. Kimmel prodded Ford to get help with his drinking and had Ford stand and watch a series of his most notorious, and embarrassing, moments caught on tape. They included Ford’s infamous Steak Queen rant and the video where a clearly agitated Ford threatens someone.

Ford and his brother Coun. Doug Ford said Kimmel would soon be making an appearance on their YouTube show, Ford Nation, but have not released any details.

During the CityVote debate, Kimmel tweeted along, referencing SCTV and comparing Ford to John F. Kennedy (JFK).

After, he criticized the other candidates for not bringing up the crack scandal and said it was a big difference between Canadian and American politics.

“They let Mayor Ford say over and over again he’s the only candidate with a proven track record. Even though he’s also the only candidate with a proven crack record. The word ‘crack’ was only mentioned one time and that was by a reporter,” Kimmel said during his monologue.

CityNews political specialist Cynthia Mulligan was the only person to question Ford about crack and he responded, in part, by saying “I’m not perfect.”

Kimmel also poked fun at the free-for-all portion of the debate, which was at times loud and confrontational.

“No wonder the poor guy smoked crack — it’s probably the only thing that makes the headaches go away!”

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