September 22, 2011 / 9:39 PM / 6 years ago

Disgraced pastor Ted Haggard to appear in "Wife Swap"

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Disgraced pastor Ted Haggard and actor Gary Busey will trade partners in an upcoming episode of “Celebrity Wife Swap,” a spokeswoman for the show said on Thursday.

Haggard’s participation in the episode comes five years after a stunning fall from grace for the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

He was exiled from the Colorado-based New Life mega-church he founded after admitting “sexual immorality” and buying methamphetamines from a male masseur.

The air date for the episode on ABC starring Haggard and Busey has not been determined, but the two men will swap partners, said Brooke Fisher, a spokeswoman for the show.

Haggard’s wife Gayle has written a book about her husband’s gay sex scandal titled “Why I Stayed.” Busey’s longtime girlfriend is actress Steffanie Sampson, and while the two are not married they have a son together who was born last year.

Busey is best known for starring in 1978 film “The Buddy Holly Story” and he also recently had a recurring role on the HBO television show “Entourage.”

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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