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Ted Williams leaves rehab after less than two weeks

Ted Williams leaves rehab Ted Williams, the homeless man whose "golden voice" made him an instant celebrity, has reportedly left a rehab facility in Texas less than two weeks after checking in.

Williams left Origins Recovery Center in South Padre Island and headed for the airport, TMZ said Monday, adding that Williams' girlfriend is in rehab in Costa Mesa. No details were given about where Williams was headed. On the way to rehab, with a physician as a chaperone, he'd swung through Ohio to visit with his grandchildren.

"Ted was given the chance to voluntarily enter a drug rehabilitation facility in order to help him in dealing with his dependency on drugs and alcohol," Dr. Phil McGraw said in a statement. "In that it is voluntary, the decision to remain in treatment is Ted's to make."

McGraw hooked Williams up with Origins after the Ohio man went from homeless to Hollywood in a matter of days. A reporter's roadside video of Williams went viral, earning him the spotlight, a family reunion and a few job offers. The fairy tale took a turn for the worse when Williams and one of his daughters got into a fight that wound up with both of them at the police department, chilling out. No charges were filed, and Williams headed to rehab shortly after taping episodes of "Dr. Phil."

Williams entered Origins on Jan. 13, TMZ said; his expenses -- reportedly $49,000 for three months -- were covered, though the deep pockets were not Dr. Phil's. His departure apparently was against doctor's orders.

"We certainly hope that he continues his commitment to sobriety, and we will continue to help and support him in any way that we can," McGraw said Monday, according to CNN.

Talk show host Chelsea Handler wrote Tuesday that she was "not surprised."

"While there are certainly a few people who have a run of bad luck and fall on hard times, for the most part, people are homeless for a reason," Handler said on her blog. "You don't wake up one day and find yourself living under a freeway unless you've made some pretty bad decisions in your life.

"Just because someone has a nice voice doesn't mean that they should automatically be able to keep their [act] together."


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Ted Williams in New York on Jan. 6, 2011. Credit: Richard Drew / Associated Press

Comments () | Archives (34)

TED'S A Piece of Garbage! He had the opportunity of a lifetime and turned it down. Even after all his lies, and Dr Phil knew, he walked away from getting well. ALCOHOLISM AND OBESITY ARE NOT A DISEASE BUT A CHOICE. Ted is a selfish person who will never stop lying; it’s how he has survived for his whole life. I knew countless people who have had Drug and Alcohol problems but he is in a class by himself. He called his daughter a FAT SLOB after never being a father to her after all these years; YES a piece of Garbage you can never believe! I hope Dr Phil gets a chance to help the people who really want to change!

He is stupid and an addict. Oh well, people like that are a dime a dozen these days. Maybe he should run for president.

This man is a liar and a thief. He's the perfect con man and continues to live via the con. I applaud those trying to help him but in my view, he's a slow train wreck. He's already shown how low his character is on the Dr Phil show. Caught in a number of lies. Basically, he's a waste of time.

How come Dr.Phil doesn't try to the Tetul Family ???? how offfering treatment to them?

Yes, Love his voice but that does not change the fact that he is addicted to drugs and alcohol. He was given the opportunity that we can only dream of. He was in the streets for a reason and looks like he is going to blow it all. That is too bad because I was really hoping for the best for him and his family.

Ted, you had and left it. Come this is your chance to a new life. What is wrong with you. Don't let fame and fortunate go to your head. I am still believng in you and that you will find your way Man.....

Haha magaret
There is NO g-d!
Don't kid yourself !!
It's not meant to be I guess!
He will be ok as long as he keeps the jobs he has!

No need to go Jesesfreak on the poor guy

We just have to keep praying for him. We can all say what we would do but, we're not in his shoes so we cant really relate. He's in my prayers daily as if he's my own uncle or father.

He`s a big failure! He wants us to leave him alone so he can get drunk!

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