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Will Ted Williams work for Oprah Winfrey?

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Homeless sensation Ted Williams is finding out fast what fame can bring you. The latest good fortune in Williams' brush with superstardom may come from none other than talk diva Oprah Winfrey, who told "Inside Edition's" Deborah Norville that she would like to give Williams a job, possibly serving as the voiceover announcer for Winfrey's new cable channel. "It would be fantastic to hear him say 'The Oprah Winfrey Network'," Winfrey said.

Like millions of others, Winfrey apparently was intrigued by panhandler Williams' quick emergence into the national spotlight, thanks in large measure to a YouTube video of him talking about his tough battle with drugs and alcohol and showing off his rich, resonant radio announcer's voice. As for Williams, the magnitude of the attention he is getting is only just beginning to sink in. "A whirlwind -- a tornado" is how he described the effect of all the publicity to Norville.

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