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NOT AGAIN: Oxygen Confirms 'Pastors of L.A.' Featuring Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Clarence McClendon 

By Bethany Hunter:: EEW MAGAZINE REALITY BUZZ

The unveiling of the new reality show, “Pastors of L.A.,” set to air in the fall of 2013, comes on the heels of the now canceled fiasco, TLC’s “The Sisterhood.” Was that 8-episode monstrosity that ended up yanked off the air, not enough? Do we really need another poorly-conceived idea like this to pull us deeper into reality hell?

Looks like Holly Carter is shaking off those business impropriety allegations hurled at her by Juanita Bynum, and moving on to the next big thing.

Confirmed reports reveal the Releve’ Entertainment CEO has helped solidify a deal with Oxygen Media to get preachers' hats and clergy collars into the reality TV ring.

Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and Pastor Jay Haizlip, make up the colorful cast of characters, all who have overcome sordid pasts on some level.

Oxygen media, in collaboration with Lemuel Plummer, the creator and executive producer of “Vindicated” and producer of “The Sheards,” along with Carter, creator and executive producer of  the quickly cancelled “106 & Gospel” and executive producer of “The Sheards,” for the network’s latest series.

Deitrick Haddon, who is working hard to rebuild his brand, is slowly fighting his way back after a cloud of controversy surrounding his divorce from fellow gospel singer, and former wife of 15 years, Damita Haddon, overshadowed his longtime successful career.

Haddon, who accused “In the Middle” singer, Isaac Carree, of sleeping with his ex and causing the irreparable rift that led to the once strong couple’s permanent split, is now engaged to marry the mother of his out-of-wedlock daughter, Angel Destin Monet.

Clarence McClendon, Tia and Tamera Mowry’s former pastor, was once one of the most respected rising leaders in LA. But when his wife of 16 years, Tammera, and mother of their four children, divorced the then 35-year-old McClendon in 2000, he blamed her for wanting to leave.

Everything really hit the fan, though, when the scorned ex-wife publicly refuted his story, telling Charisma Magazine, her husband was the one pressing for the split.  

"I didn't want a divorce,” clarified the former missus. “When I finally said yes to Clarence, he asked me to file because it would look bad if he divorced me-which could hurt his ministry."

On top of that, before the officials in the denomination McClendon belonged to had an opportunity to review and investigate what happened, the pastor pulled his 10,000-member Church of the Harvest International out of the organization.

Citing institutional racism as his purpose for leaving, though the preacher made a statement to the contrary a year prior, McClendon hastily married Priscilla Delgado, 30, of Los Angeles in a private ceremony.

The new marriage happened just seven days after the ink dried on his final divorce papers from his former wife, but McClendon maintains he did not commit adultery.

Reality TV, which places a hot, glowing spotlight on the lives of its participants, will likely continue the downward spiral of the church’s reputation in the eyes of the public.

What are your thoughts? Should pastors be featured on reality TV or more focused on preaching sermons?

RELATED: Faith-based Reality TV Scorecard: 'F' For Failing to Represent Christ Well

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More focused on preaching sermons, saving souls, and serving in their communities! It is sad that the love of money is really driving people.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLady

NOOOOOOO This is a BIG NO!!!!! Stick to preaching please.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

This is a joke right? Nice try EEW, passing this article off as real ha ha, you almost got me! Real 'men of God' would never stoop this low, right? Yeah I got it- you're pulling my leg EEW! Good one!

no.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranon

I got a reality show for you, how bout call it the "the corinthain church" since no one reads the bible anymore.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranon

LOL@anon!! Love it

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterValorie

It's shameful that these men would even consider. The church has been seduced by the glaring lights of Hollywood,! They want the glamour of walking the red carpet, doing press conferences&making their rounds on the Tom Joyner morning show, daily morning TV talk shows shoot they may even get on 106&Park😳. If that's the reward they want, they're about to get it and every negative consequence that comes along with it. Isaac, Clarence and Noel(I don't know the others) are DISQUALIFIED according to scripture from even being considered as shepherds.....they're hardly blameless! But that's how we are in the church, we'd much rather follow man that obey The Father!

God keeps sending warning, we keep ignoring.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEyes of Texas

I am convinced that God is using this' 'Reality Show' demon to expose these saints who need alot more Jesus. I have lost respect for everyone involved in this show. with all the turmoil in the world, they should be out preaching the gospel. These shows do nothing to uplift the name of Christ. Instead it makes us who really truly serve him embarrassed.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjuju

I think God may have set this whole thing up to show the clones of these preachers and their fans and flock not to make feet of clay their idols. It will also display the Shepherds from the hirelings. The false Shepherds are hell bend on own their own glory and building their own empires but they are so glory and fame they do not realize how damaging this Reality show will be to the body of Christ. Some things are better left in the closet.

May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

I think God may have set this whole thing up to show the clones of these preachers and their fans and flock not to make feet of clay their idols. It will also display the Shepherds from the hirelings. The false Shepherds are hell bend on own their own glory and building their own empires but they are so glory and fame seeking that they do not realize how damaging this Reality show will be to the body of Christ. Some things are better left in the closet.

May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

Just take a good look at the lives of the Pastors that are starring in this foolishness... Enough said. With that said....this is really SAD... We must pray saints!!!!!

May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust My Opinion

Why aren't these so called Shepard's seeking and saving the lost, hurting, and, dying. I understand the lust of the flesh and that all of us will be tempted by the seducing spirit of money and fame, but shouldn't a pastor love the Lord and his people more ! Please true men and woman of God- be about our Father's business; not show business!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKrystle

These People writing are stuck on stupid! These pastors are doing just what God has called them to do especially since The "sAINTS" aren't! They're letting their light shine so others will see & glorify our Father in heaven. So called Christian live in a bubble already! People watch your every move, every thing you say & do already!!!!! I'm sorry if you don't want your pastor to not look perfect, but i'll let you in on a little secret! HE AINT!!! (Excuse my English ) bottom line, if more "Christians" were doing what God has called them to do i'm sure the world would be a great place, but since they've shown NO signs of change Keep putting in work Pastors of L.A.!!!

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkenny w

It's ridiculous !!!!!!!

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMe

I really don't believe this is what God called them to do. I consider this to be totally out of control, and irresponsible of these men of God to broadcast and flaunt their wealth. It is hard enough to know that the world sees Pastors and Men of the cloth as jokes, theives, devils, money grabbers, and etc. The christian community really does not need them flaunting it on television. I feel that this is only going to push the world farther away from the church as oppossed to bringing them into the church. Especially considering that you have people that are jobless, homeless, trying to provide clothes and food for their families, living from paycheck to paycheck. I hope the image that is potrayed is one of helping their communities, not the lavish lifestyles that we already know they live.

September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTerry L.

I'm still married to Bishop McClendon
We will remain maried

September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTessa Maria Mcclendon

Here's a quote I learned from my pastor this year. " Never Look Down On A Man Unless Your Picking Him Up! " And Here Is a True Scripture. Touch Not MY Anointed and Do My Prophet NO Harm. 1 Chronicles 16:22. When it comes to a man of God I suggest we keep some of our crazy comments to ourselves. They belong to God. And even when they're in the wrong, he is More than capable of dealing with them himself. Therefore I suggest we let him do the back lashing and BE VERY CAREFUL!!! By the way Every Word in the BIBLE even in the book of JOHN was inspired by GOD himself. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1.

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrue Witness

Reminder to the "Preachers of LA....
Acts 20:19-38
New International Version (NIV)
19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. 20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God,[a] which he bought with his own blood.[b] 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

October 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergpg

They are greedy whores of the flesh, and serve nothing but their flesh. This is why judgment will begin in the church. "Depart from me ye workers of iniquity, I never knew you." How could anyone be fooled by them.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterembarrassed Christian

Why would a woman who is an Hermorphadite and does not have a vagina claim a man who divorced her 11 years ago after he found outhis wife of 42 years returned to him. besides the fact that she appointed herself as first Lady was responsible for embezzling money from Bishop McClendons IRS account .Priscilla Ethyl Delgado only has genitals to satisfy awoman andand had numrous relations with Gay men and women My husband Clarence McClendon is not Gay . We as Husband and wife have been trying to reunite since 2002. Bishop Clarence McClendon and Tessa Maria Maxwell Married June 6 1973 and never divorced Tammy Del Pelea stalked Tessa and Clare nce since 1972. We have tried numerous times to file reports with the Homebland Securuty .She has

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs.Tessa Maria McClendon

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