Scandals that ruined these televangelists

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were among the most famous televangelists in America when their empire came crashing down amid sex and financial scandals.
2:36 | 01/18/19

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We move to that scandal that brought down a Christian TV empire 30 years later. "20/20" has a look at Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. He was sentenced only served five. He is out and back in front of the cameras. ??? I'm talking about ??? ??? end times oh I've got powdered food ??? Reporter: The talk show that describes itself as a daily broadcast featuring prophetic and biblical revelations brought to light in today's world. A close look at the host. He may look very familiar. Welcome to "The Jim Bakker show." It's Jim Bakker with closely cropped hair and white beard looking markedly different as a household name back in the '70s and '80s. Bakker along with then wife Tammy Faye rose to fame with the praise the lord network. Start giving and see what happens in your life. Reporter: The couple suffered a very public downfall in the late '80s. Jim caught in a sex scandal. All I could tell you it certainly was not an affair, okay. Reporter: Her version is pretty horrific and in today's me too movement it probably could have resulted in criminal charges. Now, if you believe Jim Bakker's version of it, it was a consensual ly a subpoena. Reporter: The bakkers lost control of their ptl empire and allegations of fraudulent fund-raising led to a federal indictment for Jim. Jim Bakker was found guilty on all 24 counts of rail and wire fraud and conspiracy. Reporter: Tammy filed for divorce before passing away in 2007. Bakker appealed his sentence and was released from prison after serving just five years. Now Jim Bakker's back on TV. If the power goes out we believe in being ready for anything. ??? I guess you'd say ??? ??? Jim and Lori help me be prepared today ??? Reporter: Once again spreading his faith alongside wife Lori. He's back on TV talking about salvation and Jesus and selling a lot of stuff. Now, actress Kristen chenwith is developing a musical based on Tammy Faye. This was a big scandal and remember this to a tee. Remember the mascara? Oh, yeah, and everyone else can see more. It's called "Unfaithfully yours." Coming up, the new warning

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