'Celebrity Wife Swap': Gary Busey, Ted Haggard Trade Wife, Fiancee


The actor identifies as Christian but also is open to a variety of spiritual influences. He believes he and Sampson have been together in 31 previous lives.

When Busey invites an American Indian to do a ceremony at his him, the man, identified only as "Robert" or "Bob," invites Haggard to be cleansed. Uncomfortable with the idea, she asks to simply observe instead of participate.

As part of her rules for the household, she tells Busey that would like to accompany him and Luke on walks in the morning. She also offers to cook him an evening meal and get to know him better. She tells him that she appreciates him, and offers him a poem formed using the initials of his name: "Genuinely accepted, Appreciated, Respected, yay."

Busey teared up when she read the poem.

During one of their meals together, he asks her about how the scandal affected her. She told him that it shook everything that she believed in, but that after the initial shock and tears had passed, she asked herself a question: 'I asked myself, 'Gayle Haggard, who are you going to be in this story?'"

She said she resolved to fight for her marriage and for her children's dignity.

When the couples finally reunited, they met to discuss the week and all that they had learned about each other.

Haggard revealed to Sampson that he and his family had been on the receiving end of hate following the scandal.

"We've not allowed the haters to dominate our lives…," he said.

He and his family left Colorado Springs shortly after the scandal, but he made the decision to return because he wanted to rebuild his life where it was ruined.

"There's no reason for people to die in shame," he said.

Busey seemed impressed by Haggard's words and said he believed the swap had been a blessing for both families.

After the scandal, Haggard has returned to the ministry as pastor of the non-denominational St. James church in Colorado Springs. He admitted last year that he could be bisexual.

Busey is an Academy Award-nominated actor who made a name for himself in numerous films and television appearances. He has also made headlines for financial troubles and drug problems, and has also appeared in several TV shows, including "Celebrity Rehab" and "Celebrity Apprentice."

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