Déjà Vu? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Takes Leave of Absence, Heads to Rehab

Rob Ford, a recent Jimmy Kimmel Live regular and best known as the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, is effectively handing over the keys to the city.

After flatly refusing to leave office — despite video footage of drunken rants and his admission of “once” smoking crack-cocaine — Ford is now taking a leave of absence from his post. The move comes after a snapshot of the politician holding a copper-pipe (You know, the kind you smoke crack with.) found their way to the pages of The Globe and Mail, a Canadian tabby, earlier this week.

What’s next for Toronto’s highest-ranking public official: Apparently, Rob’s going from City Hall to 30 days of rehabilitation.

After maintaining for months that he is not an addict or an alcoholic, Rob Ford announced Wednesday that he is seeking help for substance abuse addiction. In a statement emailed by his re-election (Cue the laugh track) campaign, Ford pleas:

“I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time. I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year. I know that I need professional help and I am now 100 percent committed to getting myself right.”

Dennis Morris, an attorney for Ford, says the mayor plans to enter a “facility that assists people with substance abuse difficulties.” Morris also noted that Mr. Mayor has been completely “overwhelmed” by the emergence of the pipe pic. (And by “overwhelmed, he means “humiliated.”)

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