Ted Haggard to Appear on Celebrity Wife Swap

And he'll trade mates with ... Gary Busey
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2011 8:48 AM CDT
In this June 2, 2010 photo, Ted Haggard stands with 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.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
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(Newser) – In possibly the weirdest news you’ll hear all day, sex-and-drug-scandal-plagued Ted Haggard is going on the celebrity edition of ABC’s Wife Swap reality show … and will swap partners with Gary Busey. Yes, in case you’d forgotten, Haggard still has a wife—despite the fact that he admitted paying for meth-fueled sex with a male masseuse in 2006. The probably-bisexual pastor now runs a nondenominational church in Colorado, and Busey is apparently a good match for him: The born-again actor is involved with Christian men’s organization Promise Keepers.

However, Busey bizarrely has no wife, just a girlfriend with whom he has a child. Producers haven’t said whether she’s the swapee or not, People notes, but the Colorado Springs Gazette reports that she is. Busey, of course, has slightly more experience than Haggard with reality TV, having already appeared on Celebrity Rehab and Celebrity Apprentice. But Haggard, who is apparently trying for a second career in entertainment, has appeared in a Christian “sex comedy.”

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