Friday, December 19, 2008

HAGGARD PITCHING HBO FILM

By DON KAPLAN of  The New York Post
 
DISGRACED evangelical leader Rev. Ted Hag gard will finally break his silence - to promote an HBO documentary about his own fall from power. 

The coming out is set for next month at a convention of TV critics in LA. 

"We look forward to presenting the film, Ted Haggard and his family at a press tour in LA next month," said a spokeswoman for HBO. 

In 2006, Haggard was fired as the senior pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs and lost his post as the president of the National Association of Evangelicals after a former male prostitute said the reverend had been a regular customer for sex and methamphetamines. 

When the scandal broke, Haggard was paid a year's salary, about $130,000, and agreed not to talk about it publicly. 

But now the former leader of one of the largest churches in the US is free to talk about his downfall and has chosen the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour in January as his first forum. 

"We have released Ted and [his wife] Gayle from their separation agreement with New Life Church," senior pastor Brady Boyd said yesterday in a statement. "They are free to move forward with their lives in any way they choose without any legal constraint from the church."
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