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Ted Williams: The Apology

Dr. Phil sits down with Ted Williams to ask him the hard questions about his sobriety and new life. Has he finally moved on from his past?

Clearing Up the Lies




When Dr. Phil last saw Ted Williams he asked the former homeless man hard questions about his sobriety and meteoric rise to fame. Smiling pleasantly for the camera, Ted answered most questions with what he now reveals were half-hearted, half-truths: no, he said he was not abusing substances. He just drank a swig or two of liquor. And yes, fame had graciously fallen at his feet, but he said he was somehow managing his stardom wonderfully. Or so he told Dr. Phil.

Now, eight months since their first talk, Ted stands before Dr. Phil, prepared to share his real story. The former Ohio panhandler is sporting a neat black leather coat and cleanly cropped hair. His face appears brighter and fuller compared to that of the man Dr. Phil spoke to months ago. Smiling, Ted leans toward Dr. Phil for a hug.

"It's good to see you," Dr. Phil says, embracing Ted. "Let me look at you."

Playfully tugging Ted's coat, Dr. Phil observes, "I'll tell you what, you look pretty good. You look pretty healthy."

"I am, Dr. Phil," Ted says with a smile.

After greeting, the two men take their seats. "So tell me, what's up with you?" Dr. Phil begins.

"Well, Dr. Phil, there are a lot of things I lied about. I owe you some amends, first of all. I lied about my sobriety, and I told people you had exploited me. I used you to come on your show, and I want to be the first to tell you, Dr. Phil, ‘I'm sorry.'"

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