Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: 4 reasons the drama keeps getting stranger

Rob Ford, the colorfully-dressed, foul-mouthed, crack-smoking Toronto mayor beloved by both the Canadian press corps and late night TV comedians, seems to be breaking new ground with just about every passing day.

In a raucous session Monday, Toronto's City Council voted to strip the mayor of yet more executive powers, a move that Ford called a "coup d'état." At one point, Ford appeared to collide with another councilor as he ran across the chamber while getting into a shouting match with members of the audience.

Monday also saw the debut of the embattled mayor's own TV show called Ford Nation. In the pre-taped show on Canada's Sun News network, Ford hit back at critics and insisted that "the past is the past."  

Since winning a decisive victory in 2010 and becoming mayor of Canada’s largest city, Mr. Ford has captivated, stunned, and embarrassed not only Torontonians, but Canadians nationwide. For now, he’s vowing not to step aside, and wants to stand for reelection a year from now.

Here’s a quick look at Rob Ford’s staying power:

By , Correspondent

1. He now has his own TV show.

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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends a council meeting as councillors look to pass motions to limit his powers in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
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Ford had a political radio talk show for some time until its cancellation just over a week ago. Now a relatively small Canadian channel called Sun News Network has signed a deal to give Ford and his brother Doug, also a city councilor, their own TV show. The show, which premiered Monday night, was likened by Sun News Vice President Kory Teneycke to a "Barbara Walters special."

"We are in the age of reality TV and it doesn't get more real than the Fords," Mr. Teneycke said.

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