January 7th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
To say Ted Williams has had a golden week would be an understatement.
The former radio announcer has gone from panhandling in Columbus, Ohio to getting a job offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers, voicing a Kraft commercial and even making the rounds on both morning and late night talk shows.
Thursday morning he was chatting with Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer on “Today,” and followed it up by swinging by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” where he recounted his incredible story.
Williams explained that when he agreed to let the Columbus Dispatch shoot a video about him and his golden voice, he didn’t think anything would come of it. And then, Williams said, he got word that a morning show was trying to find him.
“I thought it was a spoof,” Williams told Fallon. “They said we’d love to have you on and by the way, NBC’s ‘Today’ show is going to be here... and that just blew me away.
“The ‘Today’ show man, that’s a hot show in the morning,” Williams went on, giving one of the show's hosts a few props: “Matt Lauer brings the female out in me.”
(Turns out, Lauer does the same for Fallon, who replied, "Me too.")
But being on “Today” was just the beginning. “Now, I’m the official voice of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese,” Williams said.
“The commercial, my first commercial that I cut today, will debut...this Sunday. When you hear the Kraft spot, that's my first spot," he said, trying to hold back the tears.
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