November 20th, 2013
11:40 AM ET

Toronto Mayor Stripped of Powers, Says He Quit Alcohol

The TV show of embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was canceled Tuesday, just one day after it debuted, CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

He and his brother hosted "Ford Nation" on Canada's Sun News Network.

"It beat our record of 100,000 viewers," but the time and production the show required does not make it a viable option, said Kory Teneycke, vice president of Sun News Network.

The Ford brothers will appear as regular guests on Sun News programming, he said.

The show debuted Monday, the same day the Toronto City Council voted to strip the mayor of most of his powers in a tumultuous meeting during which a charging Ford knocked down one of its members.

Roughly two weeks after Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor" - an admission forced by a drug investigation that resulted in extortion charges against a friend - the mayor said he was done apologizing. He called Monday's vote "a coup d'etat" and compared it to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, warning council members, "What goes around, comes around, friends."

Mayor Ford, talking on TV, claims his drinking days are done saying, "I haven't touched a drop of alcohol in three weeks."

William Moyers is vice president of the Hazelden Foundation, which operates an addiction treatment center for drug and alcohol rehab.  He's also author of "Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption."

Moyers weighs in on Ford’s downward spiral on "New Day," describing the embattled mayor as a man standing between the problem and the solution. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

“Rob Ford needs to stop running, turn around, embrace his demons, take some time off, take the gift that the city council has given him and take a leave of absence and really step away from the limelight, step away from the three-ring circus he's created and focus on taking care of Rob Ford and getting himself back to a healthy place of mind, body and spirit.”

“This is not really a funny story. It has bizarre moments. But what I think we're seeing here is a man who's deeply troubled by alcohol and other drugs as he's admitted, probably some other issues, too. And while it might make good television…It's really a sad commentary on where a very troubled individual is in his personal life and his professional life.”

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