ABOVE: (May 14, 2014) Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is in a rehabilitation facility but that hasn’t stopped comedians from making light of the situation. As Sean O’Shea reports, a new sketch on Conan O’Brien’s late night show has some believing the fun has gone too far.
TORONTO – Talk show host Conan O’Brien pulled no punches in his latest lambaste of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Ford, who, according to his family and a physician contacted by CBC News, is currently at an undisclosed rehabilitation facility for his alleged alcohol abuse.
The mayor has been popular fodder for American entertainers over the past year.
Numerous “bits” have been dedicated to Ford’s public and private antics since he publicly admitted in November to having smoked crack cocaine.
VIDEO GALLERY: Late Night Ford
What separates this latest segment — “Rob Ford” escaping from a rehab facility — from past sketches is that it occurs almost two weeks since the mayor entered treatment.
Since then, more potentially damaging allegations have come to light in an article entitled Rob Ford: One Wild Night in March by Toronto Star reporter Kevin Donovan.
Citing anonymous sources, including an audio recording, Donovan accuses Ford of assaulting his friends, making further lewd comments about his wife, Renata, and launching into a racist diatribe.
Though Ford often bemoans Toronto media, he has been an occasional guest of US media outlets.
In fact, Ford’s “Wild Night” night allegedly occurred just days after he voluntarily appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles.
Though he rarely comments on his late night mentions, he’s usually around to make that call.
O’Brien’s sketch comes at a time when Ford is away on medical leave, and generally without the ability to respond.
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