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Ted Haggard and Gary Busey swapped wives last night on Celebrity Wife Swap.
After she read Gayle Haggard's book, Ted assured Gary Busey's fiancee Steffanie Sampson that they don't believe gay people are Satan:
"No, we've never thought that."
Haggard goes on to tell her that he believes in civil unions.
Watch that clip, and another in which Gayle lays out the rules, AFTER THE JUMP...
Ted Haggard will be swapping wives with Gary Busey on Celebrity Wife Swap, and for some unexplained reason they are shooting at the GLBT Pride Center in Colorado Springs, according to The Gazette:
The premise is simple: Haggard and Busey will swap wives for a short time. The first couple of days, the husbands make the rules for their new “spouses.” After that, the wives take charge. The fun could come from the conflict between Haggard and his reality wife (no word if it’s Busey's fiancée and mother of his new son, or one of his ex-wives), whom sources say is a spiritual woman but not a fan of organized religion.
On the surface, it might seem like an unlikely pairing, but there are several surprising parallels between Busey and Haggard. Busey is a born-again Christian and active minister with Promise Keepers, and Haggard has returned to the ministry as pastor of St. James, a new nondenominational Christian church in Colorado Springs.
The ever-evolving Ted Haggard, who previously admitted to buying meth but said he threw it away and in January of last year called himself a "heterosexual with issues", lets GQ writer Kevin Roose in on a few details in a new profile:
When Gayle leaves to pick up lunch from a nearby Italian joint, I mention that I visited Mike Jones in Denver. Ted tenses and preemptively begins debunking Jones's claims again—no sex, no repeat massages, no kinky stuff. He admits that he bought drugs from Jones "five or six times" but maintains that he wasn't an addict.
"Sometimes I'd throw it away," he says. "Other times, I'd go someplace and masturbate and use it. But it was for masturbation. And that's one of the reasons why I haven't been real clear. I don't want to stand up publicly and say, 'Hey, I'm a masturbation guy!'
"You know, that's really the core issue here," he continues, lowering his voice. "I bought the drugs to enhance masturbation. Because what crystal meth does—Mike taught me this—crystal meth makes it so you don't ejaculate soon. So you can watch porn and masturbate for a long time."
He's also not a heterosexual with issues:
"Here's where I really am on this issue," he half whispers. "I think that probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual." After a weekend of Ted trying to convince me of his unambiguous devotion to his wife and kids, I'm at first too surprised to say anything.
"So why not now?" I ask finally.
"Because, Kevin, I'm 54, with children, with a belief system, and I can have enforced boundaries in my life. Just like you're a heterosexual but you don't have sex with every woman that you're attracted to, so I can be who I am and exclusively have sex with my wife and be perfectly satisfied."
"But what does it have to do with being 54?"
"Life!" he says. "We live an ordinary life."
TLC will soon premiere Ted Haggard: Scandalous, a one-hour reality show about his life, the L.A. Times reports:
(If successful, the special has the potential to spin out into a series.)
"My family and I endured the darkest hours imaginable in the public spotlight, and have spent the last four years fighting and struggling to rebuild our lives, our faith and our family," said Haggard in a statement. "Showing the world the new chapter of our lives will hopefully inspire others to find their own path to overcome their struggles and embrace the power of acceptance. The church is open to all, even those who have committed the darkest sins."
The special shows Haggard launching his new ministry in Colorado Springs, Colo. — the same town he left after the scandal.
TLC also airs Sarah Palin's Alaska.