*Ted Williams, now famous as the “golden-voiced homeless man,” has been tapped by MSNBC to voice upcoming commercials for its Lean Forward campaign.
The spots will begin airing tonight, when Williams will also appear as a guest on the news channel’s “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The one-time radio announcer has been fielding interview requests and job offers — including one from the Cleveland Cavaliers — all one week after a video, shot by a local news station, of a desperate Williams pleading for help near a Cleveland highway, went viral.
Also today, Williams reunited in New York with his 90-year-old mother Julia Williams, who said “my prodigal son has finally come home.”
Video posted by The Columbus Dispatch shows Williams walking quickly toward her saying, “Hi, Mommy. Hi, Mommy,” when he sees her in a hotel for the first time in about 20 years. [Scroll down to watch.]
The 53-year-old Ted Williams was left homeless after his life was ruined by drugs and alcohol. But Williams has been in demand since the Dispatch posted video of him on the side of a road earlier this week.