Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to Host His Own Web Series
Rob Ford is having a month to remember (or forget in a drug-fueled haze). Now that he’s been stripped of pretty much all of his powers as mayor of Toronto, Ford needs something else to do — and it looks like that something else is a new web series.
According to Ford’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, the duo will reprise their short-lived TV talk show “Ford Nation” on YouTube. “Ford Nation” was originally a show for Canada’s Sun News Network. The program had aired only one episode before it was unceremoniously cancelled amid the mayor’s crack-smoking scandal.
That scandal has been fodder for a lot of recent late-night comedy in Canada and the US. Unsurprisingly, it’s also created interest in the US for a reality show starring the Mayor Ford. Doug Ford told multiple Canadian outlets, including The National Post and local radio station CFRB 1010, that he and his brother had been approached by major TV producers — from Dr. Phil to Oprah Winfrey, apparently — to star in a new reality TV series.
Instead, the brothers are opting for YouTube. There aren’t many details about what the online version of “Ford Nation” will look like, but it will most likely follow the back-and-forth talk show format of the short-lived TV show. Doug Ford said the show will premiere sometime before Christmas, and will be self-funded by him and his brother.
Here’s the earlier incarnation of “Ford Nation” if you’re interested: