Ted Williams, the man with the "golden voice," has decided to enter rehab for drug and alcohol addiction after a "lenghty one-on-one discussion" with TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw.
The 53-year-old appeared on on the popular "Dr. Phil" television show Wednesday with his family only weeks after a web producer shot a viral video of him panhandling on the side of a highway with a sign saying he had the "God-given gift of a radio voice."
According to his family, his meteoric rise in fame caused a substance-abuse relapse. His 29-year-old daughter, Janey Williams, said her dad has been drinking "at least a bottle of Grey 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 told "Entertainment Tonight."
On Dr. Phil, Williams admitted he had taken a step back — and agreed that rehab was the best option. "If Williams 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," he added.
On Tuesday, some of LA's top voice-over talent came together to pay for Williams' union initiation fees for SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). Such a generous gift immediately opens the door for high-profile voice-over jobs, as well as other benefits.
Since becoming a media darling, Williams has been offered an announcer gig with the Cleveland Cavaliers, taped a commercial for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and reportedly is considering a five-second Super Bowl spot, voice-over work for the NFL, and additional gigs with the BBC and shows like "The Colbert Report."
It's unclear when he may begin his rehab treatment.
Check out the Williams "Dr. Phil" promo below:
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