The "Weirdest" Mother Of All "Christian Celebrity" Wife Swaps: Gary Busey to Swap Wives With Ted Haggard?
September 21st, 2011
Cr edit note: I know, I know, I don't ordinarily run this sort of thing, but when I am both mystified and interested at the same time...then...you know. Remember Haggard, who preached almost violently against Gays while having a drug soaked affair with a male prostitute , and Busey...well he's Busey...~BLS
By Liz Raftery
He weathered a sex and drug scandal but can he handle Celebrity Wife Swap?
Evangelical pastor Ted Haggard will appear on the upcoming celebrity version of ABC's Wife Swap, the show's producers confirmed to PEOPLE Wednesday.
He's reportedly swapping spouses with actor Gary Busey.
Haggard, 55, and his wife Gayle remain married even after Haggard admitted in late 2006 to paying a male masseuse for sex and using crystal meth, during a scandal that forced him to resign as a senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., and as president of the National Association of Evangelicals.
Though he subsequently entered counseling and has condemned homosexuality publicly, Haggard told GQ in 2011 of his sexuality, "I think that probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual."
Haggard, who founded the New Life Church, is currently the pastor of St. James, a nondenominational church also in Colorado Springs.
Busey, 67, is a born-again Christian and active minister with the Promise Keepers, a Christian men's organization. No stranger to reality TV, Busey has appeared on Celebrity Rehab and Celebrity Apprentice. Producers have not confirmed whether his "wife" participating in the show is Steffanie Sampson, his girlfriend and mother of his 19-month old son.