Ted Haggard and Gary Busey to ‘Wife Swap’

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The latest notables to trade spouses on Celebrity Wife Swap will be Ted Haggard and Gary Busey. No good can come of this.

In what’s already a dicey premise for a reality show — two men trade wives and have camera crews follow them around as each woman tries to fix the other man’s home and  life — television producers are choosing to add in unpredictable elements such as the scandal-capitalizing Haggard and the unpredictable actor-turned-eccentric Busey.

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It is true, however, that each man has pretty much the perfect resume for appearing on Celebrity Wife Swap. For his part, Busey has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows in his forty-year career but as of late, he’s more known for his run-ins with the law, his role as himself on Entourage and his reality show appearances (Celebrity Rehab and Celebrity Apprentice, naturally).

And Haggard, after being booted as the pastor and former president of the National Association of Evangelicals following a confession of drug use and a relationship with a male prostitute, has continued on in notoriety. He and his wife Gayle (the one he will be… swapping) appeared on a 2009 episode of Divorce Court and he had a documentary on TLC called Ted Haggard: Scandalous.

So it’s not as if these two don’t belong on a dubious reality show. It’s just that, as a nation, we fear for your wives, gentlemen.

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