Doug Ford claims Kimmel show was 'scripted'

Coun. Doug Ford speaks to reporters at City Hall on March 4, 2014. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Coun. Doug Ford speaks to reporters at City Hall on March 4, 2014. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:08 PM ET

TORONTO ó Coun. Doug Ford lauded Mayor Rob Ford's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday.

Hours after Mayor Ford appeared on the late-night show, the mayor's brother and campaign manager was at city hall defending the trip, slagging reporters and arguing Kimmel did a "fabulous job.Ē

"You guys make Jimmy Kimmel look like a minister, a church minister," Coun. Ford told media in front of the mayor's office.

"Jimmy Kimmelís a nice guy, but compared to the Toronto media, that was a church picnic."

Kimmel grilled the mayor about his drug and alcohol use, and played several embarrassing videos of Ford and asked for his reaction.

He also asked the mayor directly if he was homophobic and encouraged him to get help for his drinking.

Coun. Ford claimed the show was scripted, but the mayor had expected more time to promote Toronto.

"We wanted to pump Toronto more," Ford said.

He also shrugged off the videos of Ford ranting in Jamaican patois and threatening to kill an unidentified individual. He pointed out none of the videos were "new" ones.


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