*Now the overnight success story of the year, none other than Ted Williams, has got Oprah wanting to throw money at him.
Oprah of course just premiered her 24-hour TV channel called OWN and says there’s a spot on it for the once-homeless recovering alcoholic with the golden voice.
“I would like to see him be part of OWN,” Winfrey told Inside Edition in an interview airing Friday. “It would be fantastic to hear him say, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Network.'”
Winfrey said she was among the millions captivated by Williams’ tale of redemption.
“The reason we’re all so fascinated, I think, is because it means you can be homeless on the street, carrying a sign like we’ve all seen, and this can happen to you,” she said.
It’s just the latest job offer for Williams, who earlier this week was panhandling for change on the streets of Columbus, Ohio.
In a sitdown with his mother, Williams heard some tough advice about taking advantage of his unlikely second chance at success.
“Don’t disappoint me,” begged 90-year-old Julia Williams on Friday’s “The Today Show,” just one day after their tearful reunion.
“Hold your life together. Just don’t let things fall apart and you fall in with the wrong people. That’s the part that upsets me about him. He’s a good person, and he’s easily pulled into things,” she added.