Ford had said he was appearing on Kimmel's ABC show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in Los Angeles to promote Toronto and its film industry. However, he spent time defending and explaining his actions -- including answering questions in real time as he watched videos, including one in which he ranted about wanting to kill someone, the Toronto Star reported.
Kimmel peppered Ford with questions and forced him view and respond to the unflattering videos. Ford said he had moved on from scandal-plagued days when he admitted to smoking crack cocaine, the Star said.
"You know what, the apologies are over," Ford said.
Kimmel also urged Ford to stop drinking, the National Post reported.
"I wasn't elected to be perfect, Jimmy, I was elected to clean up the mess I inherited," Ford said. "We'll let the people decide on October 27."
Toronto Council member Doug Ford, the mayor's brother, told the Sun after the show the mayor was "a little upset" and complained of an ambush interview.