He can’t help it — he loves shameless pimping himself in the public eye and this is no exception. The competely heterosexual former meth procurer and disgraced megachurch pastor Ted Haggard is the focus of a documentary by Alexandra Pelosi. It will air on HBO and chronicle the rise and fall of the now self-proclaimed “Christian businessman.”
Haggard’s latest return to the public eye comes after he re-emerged last month at a rural Illinois church, where he delivered guest sermons and said he was sexually abused as a second-grader.
Haggard, 52, resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and was fired as senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., in November 2006 after a former male prostitute went public with allegations that Haggard paid him for sex and used methamphetamine.
A married father of five, Haggard said he bought the drugs but never used them. He confessed to undisclosed “sexual immorality” and has said, “I really did sin.”
In February, New Life Church announced that Haggard prematurely ended a “restoration” process designed to help him heal.
Neither Pelosi nor Haggard responded to requests for comment on the documentary, which is scheduled to first air Jan. 29. However, a Web site for a Toronto-based entertainment company that promotes HBO and other television projects describes it as “a behind-scenes-look at the rise and fall of Pastor Ted Haggard.”
You might recall that Ted was in Pelosi’s 2007 HBO documentary “Friends of God.” It captured Haggard in rare form before the scandal broke. Here he discusses the sex lives of evangelicals…
The Ted Haggard files, including:
* Haggard quits pray-away-the-gay program
* Ted’s spiritual restoration team: get a job
* Pastor at halfway house says Haggard won’t be moving in — or ministering to the men there