Homeless Man With Golden Voice Tells ET About Hollywood Trouble

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trip to Hollywood for appearances on “Dr. Phil” and “Entertainment Tonight” got off to a rough start for an Ohio homeless man whose golden voice has made him an Internet sensation.

A disturbance report was made after Ted Williams and his daughter got into a heated argument Monday at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa.

“It was minor. Both parties were angry but there were no signs of visible abuse,” Los Angeles police Officer Catherine Massey said Tuesday. She said the two “were brought in, calmed down, talked to and released” and she did not know the nature of the argument.

Williams and his daughter were held at the Hollywood police station for less than an hour and they were not arrested, Massey said.

She declined to name Williams’ daughter, but a statement from “Entertainment Tonight” identified her as Janey Williams.

Ted Williams told ET in a Tuesday night show that it was a family gathering that got out of control.

“I wanted to bring it to a close by just saying, ‘Shut the hell up and let me talk to your mother.’ When that was said out of my mouth, my daughter exploded, just erupted into this jump up in my face type of thing, fists started flying, none of which were mine — none were mine — but it could have escalated to the point where it could have gotten really ugly. So in the process of doing that, I got scratched on my face,” he told ET.

Janey Williams told ET she was angry because her father, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, had resumed drinking.

“He has consumed at least a bottle of Gray Goose a night. That’s not including the Coronas he ordered, that’s not including the Budweisers he ordered, the other alcohol, the wines. He drinks heavily,” she said.

Ted Williams denied to ET that he had been drinking.

It was not known whether the two returned to the hotel next to the Hollywood Boulevard home of the Academy Awards presentation.

“Due to guest privacy laws, we don’t share details of our guests or their stays,” said Dan Shaughnessy, director of sales and marketing for the Renaissance.

Williams flew into town to tape appearances on TV’s “Dr. Phil” show and “Entertainment Tonight.”

“Entertainment Tonight” covered his meeting with voiceover actors at a Screen Actors Guild Foundation sound studio who offered to help Williams become a guild member voiceover artist, according to a show statement.

The two-part “Dr. Phil” episode was taped over the weekend to air Tuesday and Wednesday. On the Wednesday segment, Williams meets with his ex-wife, Patricia, and five of his nine children, according to a statement from the show.

“In this emotional reunion, Williams talks openly with his family about the man he is today, the influences that threaten his sobriety and what his children can expect from him in the future. His children respond in a very raw and candid manner,” the statement said.

“Everyone is pulling for Ted, but his 15 minutes are going to be over and then he’ll be left to manage a life filled with temptation,” host Phil McGraw said. “We’re going to try and help him prepare for that because it would be a real tragedy if he did not make the most of this extraordinary second chance.”

Williams, 53, trained to be a radio announcer but found his life derailed by drugs and alcohol in the 1990s. He has served time in prison for theft and forgery and has been cited with numerous misdemeanors, including drug abuse.

Williams became famous almost overnight after The Columbus Dispatch newspaper posted a Web video of him last week. Viewers were enthralled to hear a deep, honeyed professional voice coming from the shabbily dressed man.

Since then, he has done a TV commercial for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, appeared on various news shows, recorded voiceover promos for cable news and was offered an announcing job with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.

Although he says he has been clean for more than two years, the recovering addict has acknowledged that it has been challenging dealing with sudden fame.

“I wanted a nerve pill yesterday, to be honest with you,” he told CBS on Friday.

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  • Joyce

    I really hope that the people who are giving him another chance, works just as hard to make sure he’s given the tools and equipment “long term” to be successful in this new found recognition. If not, he’ll be dead in a year!

    • Min. P

      I agree totally, A Man Without a Plan Will Surly Fail, but “A Man whoes steps are ordered by the Lord will always succeed.” God has surly given this man a second chance. He needs the support of those who are really willing to provide him with the help he needs and not judge him for his past.
      John 8:6-9 (New International Version)
      6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.

      Is there anyone still standing? Amen to Our Father, He is Able to do the Impossible. Not Man so don’t ever think that it is about you cause it is not God has a plan.

  • James

    The people who are giving him another chance don’t need to work hard to equip him with the necessary coping mechanisms; that’s his responsibility, not that of his employers. Ultimately, if he isn’t ready to get his act together, he’ll fail, no matter what anyone else does for him. There are plenty of people out there who deserve a chance at success, and if this guy blows it (and, unfortunately, that’s my prediction), then it’s his own fault. I won’t feel as sorry for him as I do for his nine children who grew up with an irresponsible or absentee father.

    • Joyce

      James, Don’t be so hard spirited. The guy sayed for money and would re-pay with a song so to speak!. He got lucky so to speak and was throwed into the lime light. Thier will be lots of people making money off of him. All I ‘ am saying to do the right thing by them if you’re getting paid too!. And yes all nine of his children were deeply scared by his drug use. But remember James no one wants to be a drug addict! God Bless you, Lighted UP!!!!

  • Smiled

    the sad reality is that this man have a natural talent and is gven a second chance, which is something he might not be ready for, If he is already back to drinking. I am a stuggling single mother who wish somone would give me a secon chance with a job. I do not have an talents such as Willimas, however I have skills in Accounting and Real Estate. I do not drink, smoke, or do drugs. Yet I am failling on hard times and would love a decent paying job.

    • Joyce

      Please keep that wonderful attitude you just displayed in your letter and God will take care of you. We all have been there. Me too! And each and every time God has had my back! Let him know that your believe and trust in him and he will never, ever be too late. God Bless you! Let’s keep Ted held up in prayer he’s going to keep it as well as all of us!

  • Hopefull

    i know some people cant get rid of that addiction….they come into a little money and go back into drinking or doing drugs….yes he does have a natural talent..and why wouldnt people offer him help to see him get that second chance…its in all of us to help one-another and i hope he is successful…!

  • fish wrap

    First thing is they need to tie his Willy in a knot and then he can take all his new money and get caught up on his child support. I’m sure he’s not too far behind on it.

  • Big Al From So Cal

    This guy went from being homeless one week, to be staying in 5-star hotels the next. Its a little much even for a normal person. I hope he can handle the instant fame, but we have seen what has happened to the likes of Chrlie Sheen and Lindsey Lohan. Let hope a can bury the demons and keep it streight.

  • Zweb Wolf

    DUH, im never gonna change so I will make another homeless sign.

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