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?