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Anchorman's Ron Burgundy sings his support for under-fire Toronto mayor Rob Ford

Anchorman's Ron Burgundy says Toronto's mayor Rob Ford is "great". Photo: Youtube/Team Coco

Ron Burgundy, the iconic character from hit film Anchorman, has lent a hand to Toronto's beleaguered mayor Rob Ford, by singing his campaign song Loverboy's Working For The Weekend.

The character, played by Hollywood actor and comedian Will Ferrell, performed a rendition of the tune on US late night chat show CONAN on TBS.

Ford was stripped of his powers after admitting to smoking crack cocaine when a video surfaced of him doing it.

Burgundy told host Conan O'Brien that he "holds [Ford] him to the highest regard, he's the best".

Earlier this week the under-pressure mayor told NBC's Today show that despite the allegations: "They are not going to find another Rob Ford".

He told co-anchor Matt Lauer: "I can't even barely remember it. I was very, very inebriated".

Asked why he initially denied the allegations, Ford said he was asked by reporters, "'Do I use crack cocaine?' No, I don't use crack cocaine. No. Have I tried crack cocaine? Yes, I've tried crack cocaine".

He added: "I've embarrassed, not just myself, my family, my friends, my supporters, the whole city. I take full responsibility for that".

The interview followed another controversial setback in which Ford pushed over a woman councillor during a heated council meeting.

He charged around the chamber after arguing with members of the public, before the speaker asked security to clear the chamber and a recess was called. Members of the public then chanted "Shame! Shame!" at the mayor.

Video shows Ford moving around the gallery and at one point he knocks over a woman councillor before picking her back up.

Ford, who faces an electoral race next year, said he "absolutely" still wants to be Toronto mayor, stating: "October 27 - let the people decide".