September 22, 2011 / 9:40 PM / 7 years ago

Disgraced pastor Ted Haggard to appear in "Wife Swap"

Ted Haggard answers questions during the HBO panel for the documentary "The Trials of Ted Haggard" at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Los Angeles January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

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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