After months of anticipation, Oxygen’s controversial reality show, Preachers of L.A., finally premiered! While some took offense to ministers doing reality TV, others were interested to get an in-depth view into the life of God’s chosen.
From their sex lives and stories on gang-banging to infidelity, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Deitrick Haddon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and Pastor Jay Haizlip opened up about their lives outside the pulpit.
Although we were entertained by the other pastors, Deitrick Haddon really let the cat out the bag! He opened up about his divorce from his wife of 15 years, along with revealing that he’s engaged to another woman who is the mother of his baby daughter.
In an exclusive interview with ESSENCE, Haddon opened up about his broken marriage.
“Millions of people have gone through that, and I certainly won’t be the last. I think the public will understand it, especially those who have been divorced before. Once someone tells you their story, you have to either respect it or keep it pushing,” he stated.
The gospel singer went on to say that he’s not concerned with the negative reactions.
“If people have anything negative to say about it, I really don’t have any energy towards that. You have to walk in my shoes in order to understand the decisions that I’ve made.”
He also discussed why he signed on to do the show.
“You can’t live your life according to what has been or what has passed. It’s up to you to redefine the situation. I definitely knew there was a negative history on reality shows. But I knew that this show would kind of change the game because it’s about preachers. Preachers are people who have a certain standard about themselves and they are people of integrity. Especially the guys that were hand picked for this show.”
Last but not least, Haddon had some words for Christians who don’t believe that pastors should do reality shows.
“I’ll say they don’t read their Bible. The Bible is a reality show. You should see the stories about Paul. Before he became Saul, he was a murderer. David was a fornicator. He messed up, but he was still anointed by God. The Bible shows you the truth about every man of God. It shows you everything about them. The Bible is real. I think [reality TV] is the perfect place for Christians.”
Let’s Talk! What do you guys think about the show? Are these men true representations of ministers?
By: Ericka Smith