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Ted Williams headed to rehab after one-on-one with Dr. Phil

Ted Williams is heading to rehab Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice, will enter rehab after a decision that sprang from a taping of "Dr. Phil," the show said Wednesday.

Williams, his family members and psychologist-turned-TV-host Phil McGraw discussed the YouTube sensation's physical altercation Monday with one of his daughters. Williams' admission that he was still drinking led to his decision -- after what the host called a "lengthy one-on-one conversation" -- to enter a rehab facility.

"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," McGraw said in a statement.

"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."

Williams and daughter Janey were detained Monday night by police who responded to a  disturbance report at the Hollywood Renaissance, but no charges were filed.

The family members were staying at the hotel ahead of their TV appearance, during which relatives declared the instant celebrity had been drinking daily. In interviews last week, Williams said he had been sober for two years after struggling with alcohol and crack cocaine addiction.

Segments of the syndicated show featuring Williams, his ex-wife Patricia and five family members, were set to air Wednesday and Thursday.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Reuters contributed to this report.

Photo: In one of his first media appearances, Ted Williams visits a morning radio show in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 5. Credit: Doral Chenoweth III / Columbus Dispatch / Associated Press

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It's to bad, but I predicted he would crash and burn!

Sorry i'm sort of confused. did he agree to go to rehab today after monday or was this show filmed before monday and he messed up again?

For god sake leave Ted Williams alone ...you will turn him to drink.
I'm a recovering alcoholic and if I had you as a counselor I would drink again.

You don't know what your talking about, your just terrible.

Gosh, so he lied saying he stopped drinking, that's not a good first impression. I do wish him all the best in his new reclaimed career. He needs to surround himself with positive people in the industry who don't need to drink to be happy and cope with life. Quitting drinking isn't the hard part, the hard part is staying quit after going for long lengths without it.

1/13/11, Make it, Ted.....the all-American success story. Don't let the naysayers defeat you. What radio station are you on? Gmail me at: pweiters9@gmail.com.

It's hard to stay positive when "Debbie Downer" is your psychologist.

Ted, you hang in there and get clean and sober and make staying sober your priority everyday!! Let NO ONE bring you down!! Hang with positive, sober people!! You can do this! I have faith in you! Have faith in yourself!! You ARE a success story! You can help others, once you help yourself! I'm sending you positive and healing energy!! I Love You! You learn to Love You, too!!! Much Peace, Love & Light!! :-)

This man was humiliated by his mother on the Today Show earlier this week when interviewed by Meredith Vieira. "Mommy," as he called her, could only talk about what a disappointment he had been, how he had embarrassed the family, and how seeing him holding up his roadside sign had been a family disgrace. It was beyond disgusting and made it quite clear that his self-absorbed old mother had probably been, if not the entire problem, then a huge contributor to his problems all of his life. THEN!!! Dr. Phil the RATINGS WHORE VULTURE who has to drag every "story of the week" person onto his show for berating, just had to drag Ted on. I told my mother last week when this started, "Just wait, he'll be on Dr. Phil in a few days." Boy, did I call it (not that it was difficult to guess). This guy has made huge mistakes that he needs to rectify and apparently needs many different types of help. But he had already stated on the Today Show that he had been offered help by Dr. Gail Saltzman. DR. PHIL: FIND SOMEBODY ELSE TO PICK ON. LET SOMEONE HELP HIM WHO ISN'T GOING TO USE HIM FOR RATINGS AND HUMILIATE HIM FURTHER. HIS FAMILY WILL BE THERE ON DOWN THE LINE SO HE CAN SPEND FOREVER WORKING HIS PROBLEMS OUT WITH THEM. LET THEM DO IT IN PRIVATE YOU RATINGS WHORE.

Wow. First this man overcomes addiction, then years of homelessness and now he is up against that charlatan, Dr Pill. God help him. Where is the 12 step program for that ego-clown Phil?

lying drunk lands a job and free house....what a country.

Why is it when people get a chance to be somebody that the media and others seem to take the never ending roles of ruining credibility and the are determined not to let the light shine when it shines.

As far respect of where decisions and advice come from I have very little respect for Dr Phil ever since he put is "diagnosis" of Britney Spears nationwide. A real doctor takes a hipocratic oath which is like a sacred vow to God that you do not break. As soon as he did that in the media, he has no real credentials behind him because he never took the oath. He is a glamorized "Dear Abby" .

Standard rule - If you would do it here you would do it in heaven. Thats why this is the trial test...stop being judges....you never know who we all are. if you can't do it here- you won't change there just because you know its heaven.... "do unto others...." does not fail..no matter who you are, what job you have , or what career you choose...when you die you die as one account.

The man lived on the street and was/is an addict. It's a GOOD thing this is happening. I wish him all the best.

Any hope or promise of similar rehab for non-celebrities without the cash?

The past tense is "sprang."

@mikeohara -- Christie D'Zurilla here from MOG. Ack! Thx for flagging that. Fixed!

~~ insert blushing face here ~~


Hey Cheryl...if you're in recovery and working a program , it's not a good one..you would drink based on a bad counselor LOL ...try working the steps with a sponsor !!!!!!

Maybe it's just me, but I assumed when he said he was "two years clean" he was referring to the drugs.

dr phil, his wife robin and their kids are a bunch of vultures preying on people who have problems. it is so offensive that these scumbags make millions off the sadness and hardship of others.

since they make all their money by being vampires and sucking the life out of other human beings, they ought to give the money to charity, live on a small income covering the necessities rather than amassing millions. this guy and his entire family make me want to vomit.

He is so condescending, pretends to be a doctor which he is not and plays up the fake southern "aw Shucks" demeanor...this man is so phony...he is one of those people who make fun of those who tell him his troubles behind their back and laughs all the way to the bank.

he needs to quite the holier than thou attitude and show some respect to the people he uses for his own benefit.


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