Mayor to become regular guest on sports talk show
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talks on his weekly radio show in Toronto, Sunday November 3, 2013. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press)
Chris Kitching, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013 11:37AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:45PM EST
Toronto’s football-loving mayor has found a new home on the radio dial after his weekly talk show was scrapped and his foray into television ended after one episode.
Starting Thursday, Mayor Rob Ford is returning to the airwaves as a regular guest on “The Sports Junkies,” a sports talk show that airs in Washington, D.C. on 106.7 The Fan on weekday mornings. The station is owned by CBS Radio.
The show’s hosts announced Wednesday that Ford will join them every Thursday to talk sports and give his picks for upcoming NFL games. Ford's office confirmed he is scheduled to be a guest on the show.
In the past, Ford had a semi-regular spot as a pigskin prognosticator and guest on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto.
The embattled mayor, who admitted last month to smoking crack cocaine, is no stranger to Americans because of a scandal revolving around a cellphone video that allegedly shows him smoking from a glass pipe.
The story has been picked up by CNN and Fox News and Ford has been lampooned on late night talk shows.
Last month, a weekly radio show co-hosted by Ford and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, was taken off Newstalk 1010. The radio station said the show ended by mutual consent.
Weeks later, the Ford brothers hosted “Ford Nation” on Sun News Network but the station pulled the plug after one episode because of production costs.
The Fords plan to post a self-produced program on YouTube this month.
Mayor's apologies rank second on TIME list
In other Rob Ford news, the mayor's vague apologies for his transgressions rank second on TIME's online list of the top 10 apologies of 2013.
Ford came in second behind celebrity chef Paula Deen, who made a public apology after she admitted to using racial slurs in the past.
TIME ranked Ford's apologies ahead of those offered by U.S. President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, "60 Minutes" and actor Alec Baldwin.
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