Ted Haggard has a history of descending upon dudes with varying degrees of vulnerability for a little closed door action. The disgraced pastor also has a history of self-promotion. Joining filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi on the press tour for her HBO documentary about him, showing up on Oprah and Larry King Live, Haggard is making another press-worthy appearance: Divorce Court. Yes, the television show. Extra bonus: His wife is joining him.
Ted and Gayle are in Los Angeles this week to tape the show, which will air April 1.
The show’s presiding judge, Lynn Toler, is interviewing the couple about how their marriage survived in the wake of the 2006 revelation that Haggard, founder and former pastor of New Life Church, was having a sexual relationship with a Denver male escort.
The Haggards say their marriage and Christian faith are stronger than ever, and they want people to know that divorce is not the answer.
“This is part of Ted’s journey,” Gayle Haggard said. “It’s made him a better man. I see what has happened as a divine rescue.”
[...] As for their “Divorce Court” appearance, the Haggards say they believe they have a lot to share about keeping a marriage together. After the scandal broke, Ted says he asked Gayle to divorce him.
And how did we get here?
Several weeks ago, “Divorce Court” producers asked the Haggards to appear on the show to talk about their marriage, executive producer Mark Koberg said. “Divorce Court” sometimes sets aside court drama to feature Toler’s interview of a well-known married couple.
And yes, Ted and Gayle will be paid for their performance. To pay for their mortgage and other unexpected fees.