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Ted Haggard Joins Reality Show 'Celebrity Wife Swap'

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By Lillian Kwon, Christian Post Reporter
September 21, 2011|5:56 pm

Ted Haggard, an evangelical pastor who came out of a drug and sex scandal just a few years ago, is reportedly scheduled to appear on ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap."

Producers of the show confirmed Haggard's participation to People magazine Wednesday.

Haggard has not been one to shy from the media since the 2006 scandal that forced him to resign from leadership posts at New Life Church in Colorado Springs and the National Association of Evangelicals.

He appeared on the TV show "Divorce Court" in 2009 with his wife, Gayle, and was the subject of a documentary, "Ted Haggard: Scandalous" in 2011. He also makes a cameo appearance in the upcoming Christian comedy "The Waiting Game."

Haggard has also given numerous interviews, detailing his fall from grace and his new life as now pastor of St. James Church which he started in his home in 2010.

The prominent pastor was accused by a male escort, Mike Jones, in 2006 of buying drugs and paying for sex over a period of three years.

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Haggard confessed to sexual immorality but denied having sex with Jones. He also admitted to buying methamphetamine and while he initially denied using it, he admitted to GQ magazine earlier this year that he did use the drug.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Haggard will be appearing on ABC reality show with his wife and swapping partners with actor Gary Busey. The Gazette reported that no sexual relations will be involved in the swap.

Haggard, 55, did not immediately return a call to The Christian Post for comment.

The longtime pastor has been married to Gayle for more than 30 years. Gayle said she never considered divorcing her husband over the scandal and instead chose to love him and fight through it together.

 

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