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Busey, Haggard in spotlight in 'Celebrity Wife Swap'

January 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Actor Gary Busey, known for being a little out there, and Pastor Ted Haggard, once involved in a gay sex-and-drugs scandal, are in the spotlight once again in "Celebrity Wife Swap."

Haggard said the show was a picture of mutual respect.

"Kind of how the melting pot's supposed to work," he said.

While Haggard is the pastor, Busey is the wordsmith, and he uses acronyms to explain a little of life.

"F-A-I-T-H stands for fantastic adventures in trusting him. That's one. And the word 'hope' stands for heavenly offerings prevail eternally," Busey said.

Despite being a disgraced pastor, Haggard said, "The worst part of our life doesn't define us. Our life does."

"Monica Lewinsky incident certainly doesn't define Bill Clinton," he said.

Busey calls Gail Haggard "powerful, in a loving, embraceable way."

For the show, they traded information, with Busey offering up his perspective as only he can.

"Everything changes your life when you open up to it and listen to it and welcome it in and let it motivate you," he said. "It gives you a better perspective because you must remember, there are 360 ways to see an elephant."

When it was all over, despite their different beliefs, they all accepted each other.

Gary has a book called "Buseyisms" due out soon. In the meantime, you can catch "Celebrity Wife Swap" at 9 p.m. Tuesday on ABC7.

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