Deitrick Haddon, star of Oxygen’s smash docu-series Preachers of L.A., called into Atlanta’s 102.5 Praise and responded to Bishop T.D. Jakes’ sharp criticism of the show.
“I have the absolute utmost respect for Bishop TD Jakes and what he represents. I considered him one of our generals in this generation,” he said. “I was a bit taken back and shocked when I saw his view on the show, being that he’s a forefather in unorthodox, unconventional methods of sharing the Gospel, whether it be through MegaFest or partnering with comedians or Oprah.”
Bishop T.D. Jakes recently took to his pulpit at the The Potter’s House in Dallas to rebuke what many have called the materialism and frivolity of Preachers of L.A., drawing a clear distinction between what he called “junk,” and his own movies and books. He also wanted to make it clear to his congregants that they didn’t have to worry about their offerings going to his suits, houses or cars, because he’s always had his own money:
“Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV. I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you’re sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for,” Jakes told his congregation Sunday, according to EEW magazine reports. “I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I’m not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave.” Jakes went on to rebuke the spirit that caused people to think that financial contributions should go into preachers’ pockets. “You did not buy what I got. I had it when I came here. You know I had it when I came here. The devil is a lie,” Jakes told his congregation. “I have sold enough books and produced enough movies. I don’t need your offering to pay for this little slimy suit. So I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.” If there was any question about exactly who or what Jakes was referencing he told his congregation, “I’m not from L.A. I’m from Dallas!”
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Haddon also recently made headlines after a former mistress released nude photos of him (NSFW) from their affair.