Montel Williams joined the talk show ranks in 1991 after an 18-year career in the U.S. Navy. The Montel Williams Show tackled everything from reunions and psychics to racism and child abuse.

When a tabloid threatened to reveal that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, Montel decided to go public with his secret.

Read what Montel told Dr. Oz about his diagnosis—and how he copes with his constant pain.

After 17 years on the air, Montel's final show aired in 2008.


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