Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Rob Ford on late night: Watch David Letterman (and some famous friends) parody his crack-cocaine admission

Rob Ford is keeping a low profile these days, but jokes about the Toronto mayor are still coming on U.S. late-night television.

Last night's Late Show with David Letterman delivered a clever parody of Ford's now-infamous "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine" statement that stunned the media on Nov. 5.

Letterman introduced the pretaped parody segment, which was presented in the format of a PBS documentary by Emmy-winning filmmaker Ken Burns.

Titled Ken Burns presents The Statement, the Late Night segment featured the mayor's verbatim words to reporters on the day of his crack-smoking admission, along with several other choice Ford quotes – except in this instance the words were delivered by several A-list actors, including Jennifer Lawrence, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Design diva Martha Stewart appears in the final moments to close the segment with her interpretation of the Ford quote, "Yes, one day I do want to run for prime minister," which he said during a Fox News interview on November 17.

Following the video, Letterman pretended to be deeply moved by the faux documentary. Dabbing at his eyes, he said: "And I'm not even Canadian, ladies and gentlemen."

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article misstated the name of David Letterman's late-night talk show as Late Night with David Letterman. It is Late Show with David Letterman.

Story continues below advertisement

Report an error Licensing Options