Ted Haggard, minister caught in sex scandal, gets TLC program
If there's a place in this world for the controversial TV personality next door, it's TLC, home of Sarah Palin, the polygamist Sister Wives -- and now, Ted Haggard. According to Entertainment Weekly, the channel will soon premiere "Ted Haggard: Scandalous," a one-hour reality project starring the Christian evangelical minister who's been trying to rebuild his marriage and family since he was caught having an affair with a male prostitute. (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."
This is not the first time Haggard has explored those sins on TV: He has been a guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and was the subject of HBO's documentary "The Trials of Ted Haggard." The latter program showed him attempting (and often failing) to get a new job outside the church. Now it appears he's stopped trying: The special shows Haggard launching his new ministry in Colorado Springs, Colo. — the same town he left after the scandal.
-- Melissa Maerz
Photo: Ted Haggard. Credit: Nora Feller / HBO