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Ford Nation: Canada's ultimate reality show? - Ford brothers to host show on Sun News Network

Rob and Doug Ford

Credits: Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency

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Every TV station wants Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

But it's Sun News Network that has landed the hottest man on the airwaves.
If you have loved or even hated the Ford Show so far, stayed tuned because there's more to come.

The Rob and Doug Ford Show is coming to Sun News Network.

You read it right.

The Fords are about to relaunch their on-air platform, this time on the small screen.

The brothers have agreed to terms with Sun News to pick up where they left off with their much-listened-to show The City on Newstalk 1010. That show ended its run last week and a lot of people missed it last Sunday.

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Mostly the Fords.

"Rob is like Howard Stern or Rush Limbaugh," said Councillor Ford. "You just never know what he is going to say."

Well, they will be back on the air Monday.

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The show, to be called Ford Nation, will air Mondays at 8 p.m. on Sun News Network.

"Following the cancellation of their top-rated radio show, we approached the Fords about hosting a show on our network," said Kory Teneycke, Sun News Network vice-president. "We are delighted to announce they have agreed."

Details of the show are to be unveiled in the coming days. The Ford brothers are expected to broadcast from the Ontario St. studio and there will be other, in-the-field components to the show.

Sun News Network personalities will appear including David 'The Menzoid' Menzies.

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"From day one the mayor's enemies, the left and red Tories, were going after his conservatism," said Menzies. "That didn't work so now they are going after this private life.

"There is such a double standard. How come he is the only one with issues being hounded? The one thing one Ford Nation supporters say to me is ... 'Rob has personal demons that are difficult to defend' but unlike some of the gangsters at Queens Park, he doesn't have his hands in our wallet," added Menzies.

The show is going to be fun because Doug - himself offering up his own share of great quotes - is right when he says you never do know what is going to come out of the embattled mayor's mouth.

Rob Ford has admitted he has smoked crack cocaine, purchased illegal drugs and has driven after drinking. But, as an elected mayor, he can't be taken out of the job unless he decides to do so himself.

He has insisted he is not leaving and will be running in next year's election.

In recent weeks, Rob Ford has become an international media phenomenon and a staple of late night comedy shows.

Council has set on a path to try to remove some of his powers as mayor while they bang drums insisting he just go away.

They will all be watching Ford Nation on Sun News Network.

The mayor and his brother, will have the opportunity to express their views on events past and future. News networks like CNN regularly broadcast his latest utterings.

Mayor Ford seems to be in a no-holds-barred mode. There is no filter. There is no careful treading.

Take for example earlier Thursday when he fought back against accusations a friend was identified possibly as an escort or prostitute by former staff in police documents.

"It makes me sick how people are saying this, I can't put up with it anymore," Ford told reporters. "I have never had a prostitute here. It is very hurtful to my wife."

The mayor feels he is being piled on.

This show will give him a chance to fight back on his own terms.

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

The reality starts Monday on Sun News Network.

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