Late-night hosts crack jokes about Rob Ford’s trou­bles

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TORONTO — The late-night talk show hosts all took jabs at Rob Ford on Thurs­day night over the lat­est con­tro­ver­sies swirling around the Toronto mayor. But amid the barbs aimed at Ford, most of the hosts seemed to gen­uinely wish him well as he seeks pro­fes­sional help to deal with sub­stance-abuse prob­lems. On The Daily Show with Jon Ste­wart, the host feigned bore­dom while show­ing news clips of Ford’s lat­est trou­bles. But Ste­wart acted shocked when he played a clip of an an­nounce­ment that Ford was en­ter­ing re­hab, call­ing it a “won­der­ful sur­prise.” “Num­ber one on the list of things I thought would never hap­pen,” he said. Ste­wart also mocked re­ports of a drug dealer al­legedly seek­ing a six-fig­ure sum for a video of Ford pur­port­edly smok­ing crack co­caine. The Globe and Mail said a drug dealer had shown two of its re­porters video of Ford al­legedly smok­ing what was said to be crack in the base­ment of his sis­ter’s home early Satur­day morn­ing. “Let me ex­plain sup­ply and de­mand,” joked Ste­wart. “When you have a lot of an item, like ba­nanas or socks, or videos of Rob Ford smok­ing crack, price tends to drop. You want a video of some­thing rare, like Justin Bieber stop­ping a bratty kid from be­ing a pub­lic nui­sance.” On The Late Show, host David Let­ter­man de­voted his Top 10 list to Ford un­der the head­ing “Top 10 rea­sons Rob Ford is tak­ing a leave of ab­sence.” The top rea­son? “The great ones al­ways know when to leave on top.” Let­ter­man also said he couldn’t un­der­stand why Ford is still the city’s mayor. “Ap­par­ently things are dif­fer­ent in Canada. He must be friends with the Queen.” As for Ford seek­ing pro­fes­sional help, Let­ter­man said, “He should have done this six months ago.“Jimmy Kim­mel, who had Ford as a guest on his pro­gram ear­lier this year, ap­plauded Ford’s de­ci­sion to take a leave of ab­sence. “He needs pro­fes­sional help, he needs am­a­teur help, he can go see a witch doc­tor... get help, any­thing.” Kim­mel said he talks about Ford so much, it feels like he works on the show. “For us, this is an HR is­sue.” On The Tonight Show Star­ring Jimmy Fal­lon, the host noted: “We have to say al­legedly be­cause he doesn’t re­ally know whose base­ment it was,” joked Fal­lon. “We’ve done a lot of Rob Ford jokes in the past, but we’re glad that he’s get­ting some help. They have TVs in re­hab so if you’re watch­ing this Mayor Ford, we hope that some of these jokes cheer you up.” Late-night host Co­nan O’Brien also men­tioned Ford tak­ing a leave of ab­sence. “Of course, he’s earned it. The guy’s been up since 2004.” Ford left home Thurs­day bound for re­hab hours af­ter be­ing con­fronted with a se­ries of scan­dalous rev­e­la­tions, in­clud­ing the Globe and Mail re­port. In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, Ford is heard mak­ing anti-gay re­marks, us­ing an eth­nic slur and mak­ing a lewd com­ment about ri­val can­di­date Karen St­intz in an au­dio tape ob­tained by the Toronto Sun. Ford’s lawyer, Den­nis Mor­ris, says the mayor flew to Chicago. The CBC cited Ford’s brother, Coun. Doug Ford, as say­ing his brother would be spend­ing 30 days at an un­spec­i­fied ad­dic­tions fa­cil­ity.

Ste­wart called Ford’s de­ci­sion to seek help a ‘won­der­ful sur­prise’ on The Daily Show.

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