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  • Ted Haggard and Gary Busey swapping spouses on 'Celebrity Wife Swap'

    It may not be a match made in Heaven, but that’s probably kind of the point, as disgraced pastor Ted Haggard and Oscar-nominee Gary Busey are in the midst of taping an episode of “Celebrity Wife Swap” for ABC.

    Haggard, who was ousted as president of the National Association of Evangelicals in 2006 after he admitted to drug use and an illicit relationship with a male prostitute, was scheduled to tape a segment for the upcoming series at the GLBT Pride Center in Colorado Springs, CO on Thursday. has learned that the segment involved Haggard and Stephanie Sampson, the mother of Gary Busey’s 18-month-old child.

    The segment was scrapped after someone at the GLBT Pride Center leaked news of the taping to the press.


    Earlier this year, Haggard told GQ, “I think that probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual.”

    Witnesses tell that an earlier segment involving Haggard was taped at St. James, his new church in Colorado Springs, on Sunday. In comparison with his former ministry, the New Life Church, with an estimated congregation of 10,000, St. James has fewer than 200 members.

    Busey, a born-again Christian and active minister with the Promise Keepers, a Christian men’s organization, is a reality TV veteran. He has appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and “Celebrity Fit Club.”

    ABC has yet to announce an air date for “Celebrity Wife Swap.”

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