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Haggard says he suggested divorce after scandal

Disgraced pastor Ted Haggard says he wanted his wife to divorce him after a sex scandal involving another man, but she refused.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Disgraced pastor Ted Haggard says he wanted his wife to divorce him after a sex scandal involving another man, but she refused.

Haggard made the comments in a two-part episode of the syndicated television show "Divorce Court" to be broadcast April 1-2. The show released a partial transcript Tuesday.

Haggard resigned as pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs and as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after a male prostitute alleged a cash-for-sex relationship with him in 2006.

Haggard confessed to "sexual immorality."

Both Haggard and his wife Gayle appear on "Divorce Court," but her comments about the possibility of a divorce weren't released.

Haggard says he had become so "toxic" that he thought a divorce was best for his wife and children. He said she replied, "No way. I'm not going to do that."

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: This is March 19, 2009 photo released by Twentieth Television shows evangelical minister Ted Haggard, left, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and his wife, Gayle, during an appearance on the syndicated program "Divorce Court" in Los Angeles.

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