A little over 48 hours ago, Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden radio voice, was panhandling on the side of the road in Columbus, Ohio. Now he's an Internet sensation who's been offered a job with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is the new voice for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and appeared on the Today show this morning. During that interview Williams was very open about his past, both the substance abuse ("In 1993 I started snorting cocaine, and then I started smoking it. Alcohol has always been a part of my life") and the crimes ("No violent crimes, it was all theft and fraud, and that was just to afford the drug habits and so forth") teared up multiple times, talked lovingly about his mother, said hi to his nine children, and generally seemed like a very lovely man. When Matt Lauer said to him, "We both worry a little that a lot is happening, very quickly. And most people might find that hard to deal with. Are you ready for this second chance?" Williams even seemed like he had thought about it: "This time around I have God." But still, are you worried for Williams? Zero to famous can be a lot of for anyone to take, and Williams was up to no good very recently. Is it just cynical to be concerned, or realistic?
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
ICE Has Begun Deportation Proceedings Against Teresa Giudice’s Husband
At Long Last, Johnny Depp Confirms That He Does Act With an Earpiece
Roseanne Barr Calls Into Podcast and Apologizes Through Tears
Paul Ryan’s Kids Had to Watch Him Get Rejected by Seth Rogen
It’s a Westeros Wedding!
Judd Apatow Believes Roseanne Is ‘Crying Out for Help’ As Opposed to Being Hateful
The Complete History of XXXTentacion’s Controversial Career
Jimmy Fallon Says Public Ganged Up on Him After That Infamous Trump Interview
Kanye West and Tidal Are Being Sued for Real
Taylor Swift Is Too Concerned With Her ‘Brand’ to Speak About Trump, Says Trent Reznor
Latest News from VultureDavid Lynch Thinks Donald Trump Could End Up Being ‘One of the Greatest Presidents in History’
Move over, Abe.XXXTentacion Fans Invited to Open Casket Memorial at Florida Panthers Stadium
The Florida rapper was shot and killed at the age of 20.Marvel’s Luke Cage Recap: I Thought We Were Family
Luke’s past continues to haunt him as Mariah and Shades get desperate to make a deal.Silk, Marvel’s Korean-American Spider-Man Heroine, Might Be Getting Her Own Movie
The one upside to all these teens getting bit by radioactive spiders.Marvel’s Luke Cage Season-Premiere Recap: Chasing Every Siren
Luke tries to figure out what it means to be a hero in Harlem as the second season begins.Tom Holland ‘Accidentally’ Reveals the Spider-Man 2 Title, Since That’s His Whole Thing Now
You can’t take this guy anywhere.Alec Baldwin Invites Melania Trump to Join Him on Saturday Night Live
“We will welcome you as a hero in ways you never imagined possible.”Roseanne Barr Calls Into Podcast and Apologizes Through Tears
“I’m a lot of things. I’m a loudmouth and all that stuff, but I’m not stupid, for God’s sake,”Janet Jackson Honors Her Father As He’s Hospitalized With Terminal Cancer
The singer spoke about her “incredible father” Joe Jackson shortly after the family confirmed he’s been hospitalized with a terminal cancer diagnosisICE Has Begun Deportation Proceedings Against Teresa Giudice’s Husband
But the family’s lawyer isn’t having it.
There are already plans to depose Yeezy himself.Catfish Is Back After MTV Decides Nev Schulman Accusations ‘Without Merit’
“The independent investigator found the allegations made in the YouTube videos to be not credible and without merit.”It’s a Westeros Wedding!
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie got married in a charming ceremony.Judd Apatow Believes Roseanne Is ‘Crying Out for Help’ As Opposed to Being Hateful
“I’ve never heard her say anything that was racist in decades.”Taylor Swift Is Too Concerned With Her ‘Brand’ to Speak About Trump, Says Trent Reznor
As well as her “success and career and whatnot.”Curtsy Hello to Ben Daniels, The Crown’s New Antony Armstrong
Princess Margaret is a lucky woman.The Great British Baking Show Season-Premiere Recap: Oh Dear, Disaster!
The beloved baking competition returns with a season never before seen in the U.S.Jimmy Fallon Says Public Ganged Up on Him After That Infamous Trump Interview
“So now what? Are you happy? I’m depressed.”Paul Ryan’s Kids Had to Watch Him Get Rejected by Seth Rogen
“No way, man!”Michael Cohen Denies Giving Tom Arnold Any Dirt on Trump for His Vice Show
Ah, what might have been.