Ted Haggard to Appear on ‘Wife Swap’

    FILE - In this June 2, 2010 file photo, Ted Haggard, the former megachurch pastor who fell from grace amid a sex scandal, stands with his wife Gayle at his side while talking about the new church that he is starting up during a news conference at their home in Colorado Springs, Colo. It's too early to say whether the sex allegations against Bishop Eddie Long, the famed pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta, will spur the kind of soul-searching that followed the downfall of Haggard. Regardless, pastors and experts say the Long case demonstrates how vulnerable the country's independent churches still are to being damaged by the misbehavior _ sexual, financial or otherwise _ of leaders whose considerable influence often comes with temptation and little accountability. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

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    To be fair, who wouldn’t want to swap spouses after a gay sex scandal? Ted Haggard, the evangelical preacher who admitted in 2006 to paying for sex with a male masseur while using crystal meth, will be a participant in Celebrity Wife Swap, the show’s producers confirmed Wednesday. He will reportedly switch spouses with Gary Busey. Haggard, 55, and his wife, Gayle, decided to stay married after he resigned his positions as pastor of the church he founded, the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and as the president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Busey, 67, is a born-again Christian, and producers have not confirmed if the “wife” who will be participating is Steffanie Sampson, his girlfriend and the mother of his 19-month-old son.

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