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


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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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Reuters contributed to this report.