Watch the Ted Williams Today show interview in this video clip, for a look at how Ted Williams’ golden radio voice in a viral video took him from homeless to overnight sensation.
Ted Williams’ Today show interview explores his story and how he fell on hard times, living on the streets for more than a decade.
Homeless man Ted Williams was discovered by a Columbus, Ohio reporter who took a chance and captured Williams on video – the video went viral on YouTube super fast, landing Williams appearances and job offers.
Ted Williams tells Today show’s Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer that he fell in love with broadcasting as a teen, but alcohol and drugs caused a downward spiral. Williams is clean and sober now.
Lauer asks Williams to sum up the last 24 hours, and he said it’s been “outrageous.”
Williams is from Brooklyn and hasn’t been in New York since 1986. He explains how he started using cocaine, and while he had been a functional alcoholic, it took a turn for the worse. In 1993, Ted Williams said, “my life just went to the pits” – he lost his home and took to the streets.
Matt said they worry about the quick rise to fame, asking if he’s emotionally ready to do the right things with this second chance. Ted Williams’ belief in God and spirituality will help him, he assures.
Voiceover jobs for Ted Williams have been coming in fast, but he says he will be the official voice of Kraft macaroni and cheese and has been offered a job by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Ted Williams has 7 girls and 2 boys and grandchildren; his kids are now adults, he says.
Williams has these parting words for Today show viewers about the homeless: “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”