Ted Haggard

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    January 3, 2012

    Gary Busey steals the show from Ted Haggard on Celebrity Wife Swap

    Heading into the airing of tonight's episode of Celebrity Wife Swap on ABC, the talk around here focused almost exclusively on Pastor Ted Haggard, who had to leave his mega New Life Church in Colorado Springs five years ago after "the scandal." But when the show aired at 8 p.m. Colorado time, "The ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Colorado Springs lives it up with new logo and slogan

    Ted Haggard​When you think of Colorado Springs, what do you think of? Pikes Peak? The Garden of the Gods? The Broadmoor? The Air Force Academy? Ted Haggard? Yesterday, while Visit Denver's annual meeting was learning that National Geographic Traveler will feature Denver next year as soon as th ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Ted Haggard on Celebrity Wife Swap: What five reality shows will he sign up with next?

    Ted Haggard.​Disgraced pastor turned media whore Ted Haggard has agreed to appear on Celebrity Wife Swap -- and will trade significant others with Gary Busey. And no, this isn't a post from The Onion. Having failed with his own reality-show attempt, Hag's apparently now open to all comers, as ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Ted Haggard's new video: Martha Stewart & Michael Vick got restored -- so why not me?

    Video below.​Ted Haggard's recent profile in GQ magazine finds him seeking attention by getting graphic about his encounters with male escort Mike Jones -- hence his claim that masturbation isn't "sex sex" and speculation that a younger Ted might see himself as bisexual. But some of the commen ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Ted Haggard in GQ: Masturbation by male escort isn't "sex sex," he'd be bisexual if younger

    Ted Haggard.​The problem Ted Haggard is facing in his continuing effort to rehabilitate his image enough to become a national media star again is that the very thing he doesn't want to talk about -- his dalliance with male escort Mike Jones -- is pretty much the only thing that intrigues repor ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Reader: Ted Haggard's humanity is comparable to the Apostle Paul's

    Ted Haggard.​Word has it that Ted Haggard's TLC special, Scandalous, could lead to a regular reality series for the comeback-seeking pastor, who made national headlines for his dalliance with male escort Mike Jones. But a reader commenting on a June post about attendance at his new church thi ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Ted Haggard reality show on the way? Praise the Lord and pass the collection plate!

    Ted Haggard.​Let's end our Denver blog post collections for the week with this triumvirate, shall we? 5280's Michael de Yoanna muses about the prospect for a Ted Haggard reality series on TLC. Maybe Kate Gosselin and her kids could join his congregation! Denver Stiffs' Jeffrey Morton offers ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    How does our Hall of Shame 2010 compare to previous years? Read them and weep.

    Remember this shameful character from 2007?​Names like Josh McDaniels, Scott McInnis and Jamie Paulin-Ramirez made us cringe this year, committing dastardly deeds or generally making fools of themselves and the Centennial State. And as such, they've been inducted into our Hall of Shame 2010 ( ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Tim Tebow: Rolling Stone piece praising him attacked for implying CO Springs hates gays

    Tim Tebow and mom for FOTF.​Among the most commented pieces on the Colorado Springs Gazette's website in recent days has been an editorial spurred by a Westword post, "Tim Tebow: Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi Reluctantly Predicts Big Things for 'Kid Jesus.'" Not that Gazette editorialist Wayne ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Ted Haggard "over-repented" quote taking on a life of its own

    Ted Haggard.​Back on July 24, Ted Haggard, as part of his continuing rehabilitation campaign built around the launch of his new church, told the Wall Street Journal that he "over-repented" when apologizing for his extra-marital shenanigans with male escort Mike Jones. A week-plus later, the qu ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Mike Jones on why priests (and ministers like Ted Haggard) hire male prostitutes

    Mike Jones.​While Ted Haggard has moved on to his second act as the founding minister of St. James, his new church in Colorado Springs, Mike Jones, the male escort who outed the meth- and male-seeking New Life preacher in the fall of 2006, is still working off the same script. Jones weighs in ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Ted Haggard's new church moving to Pikes Peak Center: Too big too soon?

    The main room at the Pikes Peak Center.​Comeback pastor Ted Haggard's new St. James church has been alternately praised for its feel-good message and derided as an empty infomercial due to the frequent presence of film crews recording his every prayer for a potential documentary. Which leaves ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Ted Haggard's new church: Christian comeback or empty infomercial?

    Ready for his closeup?​Massage fan Ted Haggard's attempted comeback with St. James Church is such a made-for-TV enterprise that it makes sense his pulpit performances are getting regular reviews. Thus far, however, there's wide disagreement among critics about whether the services strike the r ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Ted Haggard: Is he only pretending to be straight to get back in evangelicals' good graces?

    Ted Haggard announcing St. James.​Colorado Springs preacher Ted Haggard's new church, St. James, didn't set attendance records on Sunday. But his attempt to rise again after a fall precipitated by his dalliance with male escort Mike Jones has made him a figure of fascination the world over. C ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Ted Haggard's new church attendance on the low end of his predictions

    Ted Haggard pimping his church to Joy Behar.​Ted Haggard announced the launch of a new church last week with the help of a Los Angeles PR firm that's gotten him some high profile platforms from which to pitch the project. Included among them was his appearance alongside long-suffering wife Ga ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Ted Haggard: The top 10 hymns for his new church

    Ted Haggard, as seen on Channel 4: Is he ready to sing?​Yesterday, Ted Haggard held a news conference in Colorado Springs to announce that he's founding a new church while being trailed by a production crew, just in case anyone might like to air a documentary or reality show about it. Of cour ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Ted Haggard: Is reality TV in his future?

    Is Ted Haggard ready for his closeup?​Update, 11:25 a.m.: Ted Haggard has made his announcement. It involves a launch party for his new church and a possible documentary. Details below the original item, published at 8:36 a.m. Today at 10:30 a.m., embattled Colorado Springs evangelist Ted Hag ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Ted Haggard's lies and sad eyes in wife Gayle Haggard's new book

    Will Gayle Haggard's book stay on the bookstore shelves?​Today's Denver Post previews Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made in My Darkest Hour, a memoir by Gayle Haggard, wife of Colorado Springs evangelist and former male-escort fan Ted Haggard. Her conclusion: ""Love is powerful enough to erase a ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Top 10 Colorado sex acts of the decade

    A Flickr photo.​ Everybody loves a good, home-grown sex scandal. Especially scandals that involve Evangelical Christians, bestiality, horny moms and naughty schoolteachers. (Not all at once, sadly.) Colorado has played host to its fair share of salaciousness this past decade. Here, we look ba ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Top Ten Turkeys for 2009

    ​There's still a month to go before the year ends -- plenty of time for more people to join the elite flock of fuck-ups for 2009 (and for Josh McDaniels to get back on the list, after his last-second reprieve with yesterday's win). Still, there's been no shortage of Colorado turkeys this year ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Ted Haggard and Norman Rockwell

    ​"It's a Norman Rockwell scene," Ted Haggard told the reporters gathered outside his Colorado Spring home last night, where the New Life Church founder and disgraced minister was about to start his first, off-the-record prayer meeting. "It's a 'Kumbaya' moment." A Norman Rockwell scene? Only ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Fast-track this: Five untapped Colorado energy sources

    Thar she blows: The Penry-Huttner Geothermal Project.​The Department of the Interior just designated six renewable energy projects, including a 400-megawatt solar tower, as "fast-track" developments deserving of the highest priority. All six of the projects happen to be in California. Hard t ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009

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    July 2, 2009
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    April 1, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Stand by your man -- even if he's Ted Haggard

    Don't forget: Today, Ted Haggard and his wife, Gayle, appear on Divorce Court, to discuss how revelations of Haggard's extra-curricular (and intra-sex) activities affected the marriage. On the show, the disgraced former New Life pastor says he wanted his wife to divorce him, but she refused, even ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: The dudes of Haggard

    "This is part of Ted's journey," Gayle Haggard told a reporter. "It's made him a better man. I see what has happened as a divine rescue." Of the Haggards' bank account, if nothing else. Three years ago Ted Haggard, then pastor of the New Life Church and head of the National Association of Evangeli ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario: Ted Haggard's insurance policies, part three

    Like a good neighbor, Ted Haggard is there... and this time he's back as a "traveling insurance salesman," pitching his policies from motel rooms with these slick brochures... -- Kenny Be  

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    January 29, 2009

    Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario: Ted Haggard's insurance policies, part two

    Like a good neighbor, Ted Haggard is there... and this time he's back as a "traveling insurance salesman," pitching his policies from motel rooms with these slick brochures... -- Kenny Be

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    January 28, 2009

    New Life Church shooting victim speaks out prior to Ted Haggard media tour

    Amid all the revelations connected with Ted Haggard's attempted resurrection on HBO and Oprah, the accusations of payoffs involving yet another young man lusted after by the former pastor ("Watch the KRDO report featuring Ted Haggard's latest accuser"), and assorted other sordidness, a greater bit o ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    The blog shortcut, January 28 edition

    Hungry yet? Today in Cafe Society: • Fox restaurants offering crafty deals for winter meals. • Mozart Bar gets ready for Mozart -- or some piano player. • Snarf's sub shop opening on Capitol Hill. • More proof that Democrats will buy anything Obama-related. • Macaroni Grill closing in Che ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Watch the KRDO report featuring Ted Haggard's latest accuser

    Suddenly, Ted Haggard is everywhere again. Yesterday, the disgraced former pastor of Colorado Springs' New Life Church, who left that post following revelations of homosexual conduct unveiled by onetime male escort Mike Jones (who's made a new video lambasting the church), was named in headlines and ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Mike Jones demands apology from New Life Church in latest Ted Haggard scandal

    This morning on Peter Boyles' KHOW talk show, Mike Jones, the onetime male escort who went public about his relationship with nationally known New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard, blasted New Life Church for covering up information that Haggard had been involved in a sexual relationship with another ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    Ted Haggard's molestation sermon: watch it here

    An image from a Ted Haggard report on Good Morning America. It's about time we heard from Ted Haggard. The former pastor with Colorado Springs' New Life megachurch, Haggard fell from grace, in a manner of speaking, after male escort Mike Jones went public with stories of sex and meth; read Patrici ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    The blog shortcut, November 13 edition

    "I thought she ordered a Screaming Orgasm..." Welcome to our daily blogapalooza. Today in Cafe Society: • Did cops find the bartender at K's China wearing his pants around his ankles? • Pho 7: Talk about a cursed location! • Veggie Girl dines at Lucile's Creole Cafe. • BD's Mongolian Gril ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008

    Report: Ted Haggard Finally Admits to Sexual Contact With Mike Jones

    Although former New Life Church leader Ted Haggard said that he had been guilty of "sexual immorality" in his 2006 farewell letter to his congregation, he insisted that any massages he received from frequent Westword subject Mike Jones lacked a happy ending. Now, however, at least one news organizat ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008

    Stage Fright

    Mike Jones looked buff in the buff, but when the naked truth about a Denver ordinance was exposed, the nudity had to exit stage left.

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    March 17, 2008

    Jesus Loves Irony

    I finally watched Jesus Camp this weekend. It’s a documentary about a North Dakota-based Pentecostal summer camp for children called Kids on Fire School of Ministry. Yeah, a terrifying name for a camp. But in the context of the cult-like atmosphere where 7-year-olds are instructed on how to proper ... More >>

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    July 12, 2007


    New Life Church has gotten a makeover since Ted Haggard left as Mike Jones reports from the inside.

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    June 14, 2007

    Me and Mr. Jones

    Blow jobs are short. Scandals are not.

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    March 1, 2007

    Life Swap

    More newspaper reporters are taking the leap to TV -- a move some print pros still see as consorting with the enemy.

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    February 15, 2007

    Lots of Yuk

    If counseling didnt do it, these late-night gabfests should set Ted Haggard straight.

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    February 9, 2007

    Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

    Mike Jones is having a bad week. The Capitol Hill apartment building where he lives suffered a fire, and he's out of his place and in a hotel -- with just one week to go until he has to turn in his book on his three-year "relationship" with Pastor Ted Haggard. I caught up with him while he was goin ... More >>

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    February 8, 2007

    More Snickers

    After a few weeks of counseling, Ted Haggard -- who just reached a settlement with the New Life Church that dictates he never talk about the Mike Jones scandal that led to his resignation from the church he founded -- insists he's "completely heterosexual." Never mind the gay porn, the meth and the ... More >>

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    December 28, 2006

    Year in Review: The Great Pretenders

    Welcome to the 2006 Hall of Shame.

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    November 16, 2006

    Sin City

    Colorado Springs has a message for James Dobson: Let Ted moo!

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    November 13, 2006
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    November 9, 2006

    More Messages: Hey, Hey, Paula

    One aspect of the Ted Haggard/Mike Jones story that hasn't gotten much national-spotlight time is the way the tale reached the public in the first place. Jones sat down with 9News investigative reporter Paula Woodward (pictured) and Westword editor Patricia Calhoun over the past two months, but deta ... More >>

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    November 9, 2006

    On Call

    Mike Jones wasn't the only one to get regular visits from "Art."

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    May 26, 2005

    The Message


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