Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has had a busy few days -- first taking a trip to Ottawa, then making a surprise trip to Los Angeles. Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press
Mayor Rob Ford will be heading to an Oscar party on Sunday that is being hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, in just another part of the fanfare surrounding his much-watched trip to Los Angeles.
Ford landed in Los Angeles on Saturday, where he was greeted by Kimmel, whose show the Toronto mayor will be appearing on tomorrow night.
Kimmel was dressed up as a limo driver and held a sign that read "FORD."
Ford then told reporters that he would "love to" attend the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, though his brother told CBC News on Sunday that they will actually be going to an Oscar party.
"I hear Jimmy Kimmel has the best Oscar parties there are, so we are going to head over there and meet him in a few hours," Coun. Doug Ford told CBC News in a telephone interview.
He told CBC News that "the purpose" of the U.S. trip was to promote Toronto.
"Tourism Toronto must be doing cartwheels getting all this free advertising and that’s the purpose of the trip," he said.
The mayor’s brother said that they were paying for part of their trip, while Kimmel’s show was covering part of the trip. Coun. Ford said that "taxpayers are not paying for a penny of it."
The mayor’s trip to L.A. caught the attention of several of his fellow city councillors, who tweeted about it:
Tweets from Tinseltown
On Sunday, Mayor Ford tweeted a series of pictures from his Los Angeles trip. They included images of him working out on a treadmill, a picture of Michael J. Fox’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the mayor talking to someone from CNN.
The story of Ford’s crack-use denial and eventual admission to having smoked crack have been covered by media around the world, including in the U.S. Many late-night comedians, including Kimmel, have poked fun at the mayor as a result.
Ford has said that after many requests, he has agreed to go on Kimmel’s show after a personal appeal from the host.
The mayor is currently in the midst of running for re-election in Toronto. He has defied calls to step down in the wake of the drug-related scandal that made him a subject of international interest.
Ford is facing an increasingly crowded field of more than two-dozen candidates who are seeking his job in the Oct. 27 election. Former Ontario PC leader John Tory, Coun. Karen Stintz and former councillor David Soknacki are among the candidates who are running against him.
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