Ted Haggard, Gary Busey to swap partners on television show

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, at 4:53 p.m.
In this June 2, 2010 file photo, Ted Haggard, the former megachurch pastor who fell from grace amid a sex scandal, with his wife Gayle at his side talks about the new church that he is starting up during a news conference at their home in Colorado Springs, Colo. A show producer confirmed that Haggard will swap his wife Gayle for Steffanie Sampson, the girlfriend of actor Gary Busey in an upcoming episode of  the ABC series &quotCelebrity Wife Swap."
AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, file
In this June 2, 2010 file photo, Ted Haggard, the former megachurch pastor who fell from grace amid a sex scandal, with his wife Gayle at his side talks about the new church that he is starting up during a news conference at their home in Colorado Springs, Colo. A show producer confirmed that Haggard will swap his wife Gayle for Steffanie Sampson, the girlfriend of actor Gary Busey in an upcoming episode of the ABC series "Celebrity Wife Swap."

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard and Hollywood actor Gary Busey are trading partners for a week for an upcoming edition of ABC-TV’s “Celebrity Wife Swap.”

Haggard’s wife Gayle will temporarily move in with Busey. It was unclear if the actor’s longtime girlfriend would be the one to stay with Haggard under the arrangement.

Haggard’s New Life Church in Colorado Springs had about 14,000 followers when he resigned in 2006 after a man said Haggard paid him for sex for more than three years. The reality show isn’t about infidelity, but about wives experiencing daily life in another wife’s home.

The Denver Post says the network and the production company confirmed the program plans.

 

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