Rob Ford Says He’s Kicked the Hard Stuff

Toronto’s controversial mayor says he hits the gym every day now, and no more crack or drunken stupors

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Toronto's Chief Budget Officer Councillor Frank Di Giorgio (L) shares a moment with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford during a budget meeting at City Hall in Toronto on Jan. 30, 2014.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says his wild, hard-drinking days are behind him and that he’s focused on winning reelection in what is sure to be a closely-watched mayoral election this fall.

“I have a drink from time to time,” Ford said Tuesday on the Today show. But he said of heavy drinking: “That’s past me, and we’re moving on, and I just can’t wait for the campaign, and I want to start debating my opponents.”

Toronto’s mayoral election is Oct. 27.

In an interview last November, after the Toronto City Council stripped Ford of nearly all governing authority following his admission that he’d smoked crack “probably in a drunken stupor,” Ford challenged Lauer to follow up with him after several months of rehabilitation.

“I have a weight issue. I’ve been training every day. All I can say is actions speak louder than words. I invite you to come back. Give me five or six months, and if they don’t see a difference, I’ll eat my words,” Ford said then.

On Tuesday, Ford said he goes to the gym every day and is “down a few pounds.”

“I don’t use illegal drugs,” he said. “I experimented with them probably a year ago, but I don’t use drugs.”

A new video surfaced in January this year featuring a drunken Ford, months after he vowed he was on the wagon.

57 comments
Johneen JJ Lear
Johneen JJ Lear

What's going on in this photo...is he being tickled? Lol.

Hillary Cheah
Hillary Cheah

At first glance it looked like he was having a heart attack

Ryan Goodine
Ryan Goodine

He's kicked the hard stuff meanwhile he's being tickled by a grown man. I bet he's been hitting the hard stuff lmao

Ryan Goodine
Ryan Goodine

Mayor said he kicked the hard stuff , his heavy drinking days are behind him but he ain't quitting smoking that crack lol. Says nothing about that

David Henson
David Henson

That picture scared me for a minute. Wasn't entirely sure what I was looking at.

Jeff Sara
Jeff Sara

How about Gregor Robertson ..

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Earl Sage

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Jeffrey James
Jeffrey James

Feels like lying to yourself. It feels wrong...sounds hard but hey if it worked for you then I guess i'll try anything.

Franklin S. Lynch
Franklin S. Lynch

"Stop, please, you're gonna make me spill my coke" - Rob Ford

Brian Middlekauff
Brian Middlekauff

Is he being tickled in this picture by another grown man? And what does this picture have to do with his alcoholism?

Ann Johnson
Ann Johnson

This is how I picture the private lives of all politicians.

Dana Gray
Dana Gray

Because all one needs to quit smoking crack is to be determined... right...

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

What role does the oxygenation of blood play in the healthy functioning of neurons?

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

It is nice to finally be overcoming daily suicidal depression after 3.5-4 years. That is what I have to say.

Jakk Phoenix
Jakk Phoenix

apparently his gay tendices are still there and yes i know i cant spell

Tanea Paterson
Tanea Paterson

Are they having a tickle fight ? wow, fun times !!

Nicholas Warren
Nicholas Warren

i doubt it. he just thinks his life is a movie. didn't you guys post him making beats on an MPC last week?

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

I wish I knew how smart I was a lot earlier in life, I could help so many more people.