Gary Busey, Ted Haggard to appear on ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’

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Gary Busey and Ted Haggard swap wives ...

That’s not a joke or a punchline. It will actually happen on the new reality series ‘Celebrity Wife Swap,’ a source close to production confirmed.

The actor and the former evangelical pastor — both of whom have made the rounds in the media, Busey for drugs and getting arrested for abusing his wife; Haggard for a sex scandal — would seem an odd pairing for the ABC show. But they have spirituality in common: Busey is a born-again Christian and minister with Promise Keepers; Haggard is the founder and pastor of St. James, a nondenominational church in Colorado.

Each episode of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ follows two couples as they switch wives for two weeks. Haggard will appear with wife Gayle. It’s unclear whether Busey’s “wife” will be girlfriend Steffanie Sampson, who is the mother of his infant son.

It won’t be Busey’s first trip to the reality rodeo: He made quite the impression on ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ last season and has appeared on ‘Celebrity Rehab’ as a counselor to patients.


Haggard was the pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs when news broke that he had a sexual relationship with a male prostitute in 2006.

No air date for the episode has been set.

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Left photo: Actor Gary Busey at his home in February. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times. Right photo: Ted Haggard. Credit: Associated Press.