The Columbus Dispatch reports sporting a sharp suit, new Gucci glasses and a pearly-white smile, Ted Williams appeared yesterday morning on CBS’ Early Show to unveil his new look and to maintain – despite having left a Texas rehab center prematurely – his commitment to sobriety and a career.Williams, a former Columbus panhandler whose “golden voice” became the subject of aDispatch video that went viral, said he is staying at a “clean-living” recovery house in Los Angeles, where he is pursuing voiceover jobs and therapy.

Much of what he said on The Early Show he had touched on with WBNS-TV anchor Jerry Revish during an interview Tuesday evening (embargoed for airing until last night) before leaving Columbus for New York.

“I stay in a room so there’s no temptations,” the 53-year-old Williams told Revish. “I’m pretty much shielded. I haven’t been in no bars.”