Mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to heavy drinking and even smoking crack while in a drunken stupor, says he is finished will alcohol and will never drink again.
Ford made the pledge in an interview Monday with the CBC's chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge:
"You're done with alcohol now?" Mansbridge asked.
"Finished," Ford said.
"You'll never drink again?" Mansbridge said.
"Finished. I've had a come-to-Jesus moment, if you want to call it that."
His comments in a round of interviews Monday followed a rowdy meeting of the Toronto City council in which he was stripped of the last of his key powers, leaving him as largely a figurehead mayor of Canada's largest city.
The move comes after a year of scandal in which the 44-year-old mayor, who took office in 2010, has admitted smoking crack cocaine, shocked the city with his vulgar language and erupted into profane diatribes against his political opponents.
Ford, who engaged in a shouting match with hecklers in the public gallery, called the council's vote a "coup d'etat." The council does not have the power to remove a mayor for office, only limit his power.
Ford, and his brother, councilman Doug Ford, also appeared Monday night in the premier of their new reality TV show Ford Nation, where he adknowledged -- but played down -- some of his mistakes.
"I know in my heart everyone has personal problems," Ford told viewers. "I urinated in a parking lot ... what does that have to do with anything?"
In media appearances, Ford is both contrite about his behavior and bullish about his political future. He says he still would like to run for prime minister of Canada one day.
"When it comes to running this city, I've run this city better than any mayor ever has," he told the CBC.
In a joint interview that included his brother, the mayor told Matt Lauer of NBC's Today that he is on a weight-loss program, but is not going through rehab.
"I'm not in any drug treatment programs,'' he told NBC Today's Matt Lauer. "I have a weight issue. I've been training every day. All I can say is actions speak louder than words. I invite you to come back. Give me five or six months, and if they don't see a difference, I'll eat my words."
He also freely acknowledged that he had let down his closest supporters.
"I'm embarrassed,'' Ford said. "Not just myself, my family, my friends, my supporters, the whole city. I take full responsibility for that. We've all made mistakes. I'm not perfect. Maybe you are, maybe other people are, (but) I've made mistakes."
His brother, an ardent defender of the mayor, admitted to Lauer that he, too, is worried about his brother's behavior.
"His weight issues, when he goes on a binge, when he goes, if you want to call it binge-drinking, and I hear about it, yeah, it's concerning,'' Doug Ford said. "Do I know, on a personal side, has Rob been 100 percent honest? No, he hasn't."
Rob Ford jumped in to stress he does not engage in binge drinking every week, but had been inebriated in the past. He also conceded, at Lauer's prodding, that he was fortunate not to have been faced with a city crisis while he was impaired.
"It's very few isolated incidents that it's happened," that he's been impaired on the job, he told Lauer. "And you're absolutely right. I'm very fortunate that that hasn't happened, but that could happen with anybody at any time."
As for his political future, the combative Ford noted his success in cutting the city budget and said he will "let the people decide" when he comes up for re-election in October.
"They're not going to find another Rob Ford,'' he said.