Rob and Doug Ford's new TV show has been cancelled after just one episode.
Despite bringing in record ratings for Sun News Network, it was announced on Tuesday that the Rob and Doug Ford TV show Ford Nation had been cancelled after a single episode. The network faced a barrage of criticism on social media for hosting the show in the first place—a show that now has a place in history for being cancelled after fewer episodes than the 2010 reality show The Hasselhoffs.
While the controversial Fords attracted a reported 155,000 viewers, they also received the wrong kind of attention. Angry viewers complained to Canadian Tire about its apparent sponsoring of the show. The retailer sent out a tweet clarifying that a different manufacturer had used its logo, and that Canadian Tire itself didn’t advertise on the show. Despite the high ratings, Rob and Doug’s lack of TV experience made it difficult to justify keeping them on the air. The Globe reports that the show required 13 hours of production for one hour of airtime. On the show, Rob appeared stilted, and more often than not was looking somewhere off-camera.
Whether another media outlet will pick up the Fords remains to be seen, but at this point, that’s mostly irrelevant. With Sun News’s decision, the list of people or groups distancing themselves from the world’s most famous mayor grows longer by the day. As of this writing, that group includes: city council, the Toronto Argonauts, Jason Kenney, Sun News, Santa Claus, Newstalk 1010, Iceberg vodka, and cats.