Ted Williams, the Ohio homeless man who became a YouTube sensation due to his golden radio voice, returned to the CBS Early Show this morning to discuss his roller-coaster ride of sudden fame. Looking polished and more comfortable in front of the cameras, Williams reflected on his emotionally jarring recent experiences, including his decision to leave a Texas rehab center. “It was too much, too fast, and I was just not really focused on what I should be doing,” he said. “I felt scripted. I was doing live phone-ins (to TV shows) from rehab.” READ FULL STORY
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The child who played Darth Vader in the cute Volkswagen commercial was on the Today show this morning, and uh, he looks a lot like Luke Skywalker. Like, a lot a lot. Max Page, 6, had never seen Star Wars when he booked the spot, which is his first national commercial. Don’t watch the prequels, Max! Save yourself. READ FULL STORY
The Midwest may be covered in snow, and the East Coast is still trying to dig itself out, but Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, so fear not: Winter is almost over. It’s not totally clear from the video that there’s any reaction from the wriggly rodent at all, but if a guy in a top hat says something is true, who are we to disagree? READ FULL STORY
Morning show interviews are generally dismissible fodder used to gradually drag you out of your sleepy state and welcome you to the new day (whether you like it or not). They’re not energy-laden, bleep-fests like, say, Real Housewives reunions, because no one should have to deal with that level of activity before having at least two cups of coffee. So I experienced a sensory overload this morning when Justin Bieber popped into the Today Show and brought his shrieking Biebs Brigade with him. READ FULL STORY
Kathie Lee and Hoda are fully embracing their image as morning television’s most festive lushes. Heck, Kathie Lee even went so far as to do a keg stand on Friday’s The Tonight Show, which the Today show gleefully re-aired this morning, just in case the booze-friendly among us had other engagements. Impressive! Or a little frightening? Well, either way: READ FULL STORY
Fox superstar Glenn Beck appeared on the Today Show this morning to promote his new self-help book, The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life, co-written with Dr. Keith Ablow. Host Meredith Vieira asked about Beck’s amazing transformation from suicidal sad-sack to transcendent success story, but she clearly wanted to apply the book’s lessons to the current political climate. After Beck cited compassion and truth as elements of what this country needs, Vieira pounced, reciting Beck’s own harsh rhetoric about the president and other leading Democratic politicians, and asked if Beck regretted his comments in light of the events in Tucson. “Any thing I said in jokes, no. Ask Jon Stewart [the same question]. Ask The Simpsons,” Beck said. “Comedy is comedy.” Watch the clip after the jump: READ FULL STORY
Among her talents, Dr. Laura Schlessinger has the unique gift of inartfulness. It’s a word she herself used during this morning’s Today interview with Matt Lauer to describe the infamous use of the racially charged n-word on her radio show that led to her move to Sirius XM. Schlessinger discusses the incident in her new book, Surviving a Shark Attack (on Land), explaining that left-wing hysterics hijacked the narrative of that incident, and she told Lauer that her actual “point was well made, but it was inartfully made.” READ FULL STORY
My first reaction to seeing a man jump the fence at The Early Show Plaza this morning and yell “C.I. Joe, Coney Island in the house!” with his arm around a very surprised Harry Smith was jealousy. You know I love Harry Smith. My second thought was wondering if Today has better security for what I assume is its larger outdoor audience. I never thought how vulnerable those morning show hosts are before. My final thought: If I was a producer of a morning show, I would do a week-long Halloween stunt in which each day, someone, at some point, would jump out to surprise the anchors. The anchors would know it was coming, but not who, when, or where. Viral video!
I love how CBS has put the video of today’s interruption up on its site and YouTube, just begging someone else to try to make it over that fence. (Don’t worry, Harry. No way I can clear it. And honestly, with your focus shifting to “hard news” as primary substitute anchor for The Evening News with Katie Couric, Face the Nation, and Sunday Morning when The Early Show gets its overhaul come Jan. 3 — which I assume means no more dancing at the summer concert series — I don’t feel much like jumping.)
More love for Harry Smith:
Harry Smith’s live colonoscopy: Good health, good sense of humor
Harry Smith dancing: The reason to watch The Early Show summer concert series
Megan Fox and Harry Smith: Our new favorite couple
The easy headline is, “Oprah Denies Being Gay,” but that’s not what was so mesmerizing about Barbara Walters’ video tease of tomorrow night’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. It was Winfrey’s sincere, heartfelt description of her relationship with close friend Gayle King. “She is … the mother I never had. She is … the sister everybody would want,” said Winfrey. “She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. I don’t know a better person.” READ FULL STORY
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