When two scandalous families get together, the potential for friction, craziness, and fascinating entertainment reaches dizzying heights. The episode of Celebrity Wife Swap in which Gary Busey and Ted Haggard swapped wives did not disappoint. Busey's fiancée, Steffanie, went to Colorado Springs, CO, to live with the Haggards, while Gayle Haggard went to Los Angeles to live with Busey and his son. Ted Haggard and Gary Busy on Celebrity Wife Swap may not sound like a match made in heaven, but, trust us, this episode that premiered on January 4, 2012, made for some unforgettably Good Television.
Busey has led a dramatic life in the spotlight. An accomplished character actor, he is more famous nowadays for his offscreen antics: a nearly fatal car crash, a history of erratic behavior, drug addiction, a mouthful of great big teeth, and his trademark crazy eyes. Haggard once led a massive Evangelical church and was the darling of Christian conservatives across the country... until he was discovered boinking a male sex worker and buying crystal meth. Somehow, he and his family survived the scandal and managed to return to the spotlight. The meeting of the Busey and the Haggard worlds was bound to be interesting. And, oh, was it ever.
Read on for some of the best moments from Ted Haggard's Celebrity Wife Swap episode.
Busey Declared Gayle Haggard A Lost Soul - And Hired A Lakota Sioux Person To Perform A Cleansing/Bonding Ceremony
The Buseys Claimed To Be On Their 32nd Incarnation As A Couple
There Is A *Lot* Of Unresolved Stuff In The Haggard Family, And Steffanie Sensed It
Busey Took Gayle To Dinner… And Talked The Entire Time