Ted Williams, the homeless man from Ohio, whose Golden voice has turned him into a celebrity, is on his way to rehab.
In Los Angeles, for taping the Dr Phil Show, Williams, 53, said he has decided to enter a private rehabilitation centre for his alcohol and drug addiction. He has his family’s support on this. The decision was taken after a long session with Dr Phil which will be aired on Thursday, reveal the show executives.
If Ted is ever going to get better, he's got to be honest with himself and admit he's addicted to drugs and alcohol, said Dr. Phil. I've told him it's not going to be easy and it's going to take a lot of hard work. It might be a long journey for him, but this is a big step in the right direction, reports USAtoday.com
This decision was taken jointly with the family after the erratic behavior of Ted since he was discovered by the media and his familya few weeks ago. He was recently arrested and detained by the police after he had an altercation with one of his daughters at a Los Angeles hotel.
William’s ex-wife Patricia and five of his children also appear on the show to give their version of the story and how they find him ill-equipped to deal with the sudden fame. He also admitted on the show, that contrary to his earlier claims of sobriety for the past two years , he has been drinking daily.
Williams rose to fame last week after The Columbus Dispatch newspaper posted a video of Williams begging on the side of a road in Columbus, Ohio, using his radio emcee imitations on YouTube. The video got millions of hits and Williams received work offers to do voice overs and announcements from the Cleveland Cavaliers, a radio station in Hawaii, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and others.
He appeared on various talk shows where he talked about his descent from radio jockeying to petty thieving, forgeries and homelessness. His tearful union with old mother was televised in the midst of jostling TV crews.
Ted Williams has even talked of utilizing his new-found fame to turn into a radio programmer and support his family. His admittance to a rehab center may just be the right step. Hopefully, waning public interest and his dethroning as the flavour of the day will not hamper his recovery and future job offers.