Haggard and Wife on Oprah Tomorrow, Wed.

You know, I wasn’t gonna do it.  I have a lot of other stuff I’m working on for posting here that’s getting closer to being done.  I was gonna concentrate on that.  There are just so many details about the Haggard thing that you can digest before it comes up on you like bad mexican food.

But tomorrow Miss Oprah will have the Haggards on and we’ll see Ted subjected to one of the two Oprahs — either the one that tackles problems and seeks solutions, illuminating a subject for her pulsing throng of viewers, or we’re gonnna see the Oprah that threw James Frey to the ground and demanded answers on why he LIED TO HER AND THE NATION AND THE WORLD AT LARGE with his novel while using her long proboscus to suck his frontal lobe through his eye socket.  I suspect the clip where Ted says “I was ashamed” and Oprah says “Of what?  Being a hypocrite?” means that the odds are very good we’ll be seeing Ted’s dignity spread on a cracker for Oprah’s consumption.

But I realized then, and even now after reading this, that there IS another aspect of this story that I want to hear about.  I want to hear from the Missus.  This is the part of the story that always mystifies me somewhat, how and what the wives go through who find that their husbands have same sex attractions and still want to stay married.  Now the odds of Oprah finding this out and nodding her sage approval are zero.  I can already predict that she’ll be made out to be the sick and fearful dope for standing by Ted and his demons and if she just turned her back on her faith and dumped the homo, she’d be a lot happier.  (We’ve already seen something like this during her McGreevey interviews.)  I don’t really imagine we’ll learn much from Oprah herself, but I really do want to hear Gayle Haggard’s story.  I want to hear more about what women go through when facing this situation.

From the AP today:

CHICAGO — Former evangelical pastor Ted Haggard’s wife says she knew about his struggles with same-sex attraction for years and felt he was “winning the battle” before a scandal involving a male prostitute triggered his downfall in late 2006.

Gayle Haggard makes the remarks in an appearance with her husband on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to air Wednesday. She said she was shocked when Haggard first told her the truth about the allegations against him.

“The first words out of my mouth were, ‘Who are you?'” she said, according to a publicity release issued Tuesday by Harpo Productions.

However, Gayle Haggard also said her husband told her early in their 30-year marriage that he “struggled with some thoughts.”

“I felt it was the thing that could destroy Ted if he gave in to it,” she said. “So I prayed for him and I felt as though he was winning the battle.”

Haggard, 52, resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., after the male prostitute went public. Haggard confessed to “sexual immorality.”

The scandal widened in recent days with disclosures that Haggard also admitted to an “inappropriate” relationship with a church volunteer, Grant Haas, who was 22 at the time.

Haas told KRDO in Colorado Springs that Haggard performed a sex act in front of him and sent him illicit text messages. He informed New Life Church shortly after the scandal broke, and the two parties reached a settlement in 2007 that included a confidentiality agreement. Haas went public as Haggard is heavily promoting an HBO documentary about his time in exile.

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~ by WriterRand on January 27, 2009.

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