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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Jim Bakker alive and well in Branson

Above: Part of Jim Bakker's book cover. He said he was sorry, Vibiana, whaddaya want?

You can't keep a good televangelist down, and reader Vibiana wants me to post about Jim Bakker so she can slap him down again:

  • Hey Greg! Why isn't the Jim Bakker story in this blog? It's a crime that that Howdy Doody Preacher didn't rot in the can for stealing money in the 80s. Now he's back with a new painted up hussy of a wife and it's back to business as usual.

Second act a revelation
Jim Bakker back behind the pulpit in Branson
With a second wife, a small studio and a few fans, the PTL founder and ex-convict is starting over. “I believe in second chances,” he says.
BRANSON - Jim Bakker, the televangelist whose wealth and fame collapsed in scandal in the 1980s — steps onto the studio set for his daily television show. He’s tanned and balding, dressed in a casual shirt, blue jeans and sandals.
“Thank you for stopping by,” Bakker says, beaming. “This is always the nicest group of people.”
Bakker, who settled in Branson three years ago, has quietly rebuilt a following and his life.
He and his second wife, Lori Graham Bakker, are hosts of the hourlong “Jim Bakker Show” on about 50 stations nationwide, including Kansas City.

Important updates:

  • Tammy Faye Bakker married former Heritage USA construction contractor Roe Messner in 1993, still lives in North Carolina and is fighting lung cancer.
  • Jessica Hahn lives in Beverly Hills, Calif., with Ron Leavitt, co-creator of TV’s “Married…with Children.”


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