Ted Haggard Will Appear on ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’

Really. And he’s swapping wives with Gary Busey.

The actor and the former evangelical pastor — both of whom have made the rounds in the media, Busey for drugs and getting arrested for abusing his wife; Haggard for a sex scandal — would seem an odd pairing for the ABC show. But they have spirituality in common: Busey is a born-again Christian and minister with Promise Keepers; Haggard is the founder and pastor of St. James, a nondenominational church in Colorado.

Each episode of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ follows two couples as they switch wives for two weeks. Haggard will appear with wife Gayle. It’s unclear whether Busey’s “wife” will be girlfriend Steffanie Sampson, who is the mother of his infant son.

There’s nothing to discuss.

I just want to hear your best one-liners. GO!

(via Christian Nightmares)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    The show will not feature Busey’s girlfriend, Steffanie Sampson, but rather Gary Busey himself in a wig and dress.

  • Sambricky

     This will result in Haggard turning into a drug crazed nut job who gets arrested and gets a crazy arrest picture. And Busey having a secret gay relationship.

    • Catkiity62

      that was Nolte! nest mugshot EVER!!!

  • Perry Kaufman

    Shouldn’t he be on “Celebrity Husband Swap?”

  • Anonymous

    This isn’t creepy at all.

  • Clarinet Box

    How many wives will it take to make Haggard straight? 

  • Scott Dexter

    Know what I like about this post, the Christian Mingle ad on the right :)

  • Altruistic_heathen

    Won’t be any challenge for the “wives”…both men are bonkers; they are used to it. 

  • http://religionsetspolitics.blogspot.com/ Joshua Zelinsky

    Well, even Ted needs to make a living somehow. Makes me feel even more sorry for his kids. 

  • Griffin

    Haggard will probably need to hire one of those handsome young men to carry the luggage…

  • Former Thumper

    Busey will actually be swapping kirk cammeron

  • Rich Wilson

    Are you sure it’s not the two men spending two weeks in one house while the two ladies spend two weeks in the other?

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Caption for the above picture of Haggard:
    “Hello, sailor.”

    • http://thegodlessmonster.com/ The Godless Monster

      Easy now…I’m an ex-sailor. :-)

      • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

        You’re right, my apologies for that 1940′s cliche. Nowadays Ted would say something like “I notice we both have a wide stance.” or “Let’s go to your place. My place is full of fundies.”

  • Anonymous

    Urgh, is this what passes for entertainment these days?  Can’t they just throw them both to some hungry lions?

    • Yoav

      That’s really cruel, what have the poor lions done to deserve this?

  • Aaron Rumney

    I couldn’t imagine being in the shoes of either of the “wives”.  Imagine what they go through all day, and now some TV show wants to make money off of their horrible choice in husbands.  I’m sure they signed up thinking “anyone must be better then my husband’  Boy they got egg on their faces now!   

  • Anonymous

    Shouldn’t they be swapping rentboys?

  • http://www.facebook.com/gaudion Jason Joseph Gaudion

    Ted’s wife is going to marry busey… why? because she’ll have a better life with someone who actually has the capacity to be attracted to her.

  • Justin Miyundees

    Haggard vs. haggard.  

  • Gabriel

    I lack the ability to express how sad and pitiable this is.

  • TheShouting Mime

    Well, the word celebrity seems a bit excessive in both their cases

  • TheShouting Mime

    Well, the word celebrity seems a bit excessive in both their cases

  • Siamang

    Those guys are an atheism recruitment poster right there!  More of this please!

  • Anonymous

    So, who is getting swapped? Is Ted’s wife being swapped for Gary Busey

  • gjsterp

    Programming like this is the main reason I cancelled my cable service. I went DTTV with an antenna, and pay nothing for less crap.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FDGYHBEWVNGUG763L5X4TON3JQ Nazani14


    ‘People don’t remember what you did but how you made them feel.”
    Wendy Kaufman, the ‘Snapple Lady,’ who went off on Busey when he insisted that she, a Jew,  should pray to Jesus.  Currently living in the Berkshires with husband., and working in TV ‘behind the scenes.’


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