Deitrick Haddon Expresses His Disappointment In T.D. Jakes’ Disapproval Of “Preachers Of LA”

October 21, 2013  |  


We told you last week about Bishop T.D. Jakes speaking to his ministry at the Potter’s House in Dallas and basically rebuking Preachers of LA, going as far to call the program “junk.” Here’s a little bit more from his remarks if you missed them:

“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. 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.

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! 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.”

Seems that the men of God on the program disagree, especially Deitrick Haddon, who is not only a cast member but a producer of Preachers of LA. As someone who looks up to Bishop Jakes, Haddon said he was “shocked” by the leader’s words, especially considering that Jakes has found different, unique ways to share the gospel. In Haddon’s mind, that’s all that Preachers of LA is trying to do–share the gospel in a different way…that just happens to be on TV. Haddon called in to PRAISE 102.5 to share his own opinions in reference to Bishop Jakes’ comments:

“I have the absolute utmost respect for Bishop T.D. Jakes and what he represents. I considered him one of our generals in this generation.

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.”

Seeing that Haddon used the past tense to refer to Bishop Jakes as being one of the “generals in our generation,” I think it’s safe to say that he’s a little perturbed with the harsh criticism. But I think all this controversy will find a way to bring more eyes to the show sooner or later, which is exactly what Haddon and the folks at Oxygen want.

What do you think of his response to Bishop Jakes? 


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  • sswoopes

    I man that I know who does not have a true relationship with God loves the show! He says it’s church mess. So please tell me when was it ever okay to associate the church with mess? Yes TD Jakes is crwative and innovative in delivering the message but the meat of the message always leads to Christ. Dettrick Haddon can not compare what they are doing to what Bishop Jakes does


  • GymJunkie43

    I don’t see what the problem is. We all know that the pastors of Mega Churches ball just as hard as pro-athletes. Amazing how our community puts more focus on eliminating the airing of dirty laundry instead of eliminating the dirty laundry itself.

    • prentice

      Why is it a problem with a men and women living a nice life style u are suppose to prosper. The bible says u are kings and queens, what poor kings and queens hv u heard of, thats is so crazy. Diddy can live lavish but the man of God cant, child plz. Do work till I return says the Lord and that includes business healing teaching loving humbling being an example of Christ like etc. Everybody does not do things the same. If you pray and read for guidance for yourself none of this would bother you.

      • Tonyoardee

        Christ was a poor king.. the book mentions that numerous times

      • GymJunkie43

        My first sentence states:” I don’t see what the problem is”. Based on how badly your opinion is written, it is clear that the english language is a struggle for you. Let’s pray for your guidance as you return to elementary school and repeat 1st and 2nd grade English so you can learn to read and write above level of a seven year old 😉 God bless.

      • Christine

        I’ve seen the first episode of the show, and I don’t have a problem with it as much as I’m bothered by SOME of the pastors… But anyway, regarding your comment; I find it interesting that you relate the prosperity talked about in the Bible to material and financial wealth. You also shouldn’t forget that Jesus said it would be harder for a rich man to get to heaven than a camel to go through the eye of a needle. I certainly don’t think financial wealth is anything bad, in fact it’s a blessing from God (depending on how you earned it). But you have to be careful of your perception of wealth and material goods; you shouldn’t covet or worship them. Moreover, prosperity and blessings certainly do not only come in the form of financial wealth. Being a “King” or “Queen” can equate living a good, fruitful Christian life in ANY way. Not just in terms of “being rich… with money and things.”

    • tessy

      Nobody whether a pastor or saint should judge….if no pastor is making MONEY from churches let them close up and join other churches.. hw can the WORD BE PREACHED ?HW CAN PPLE BE HELPED…without money..Very disappointed @ d pastors comments..Lets stop condemning but complimenting..Love..

  • hollyw

    I can understand T.D. Jakes’ frustration, but I think what Haddon said made a lot of sense. A reality show is inappropriate, but It’s ok for Jakes to spread The Word through literally ever other media source..? AND gotten money from all that to pay for his ‘slimy suits’?

    Of course, I haven’t watched the show since I wasn’t in a hurry to see godly men portrayed in a negative light, but maybe I’ll peak at one episode, if the gospel is truly in it…

  • Sunshinegirl

    Maybe it’s me, but I really don’t see what the big issue is with the show. I haven’t seen anything over the top or anything being exposed that we didn’t already know was happening with these mega church preachers. Preachers are supposed to get paid. It’s their job. What I have a problem with is charging exorbitant “preaching” fees and milking the congregation to afford lavish lifestyles.

  • jane costanzo

    i know Deitrick via working on a tour with he & Fred (as in Hammond)… Deitrick is a jokester, he’s cute (not nearly as cute as Damita,) and he loves attention.. (my observation)

    Personally,.. we don’t need to match up with so called reality shows ie, housewives, or any of that negative attention scandalous garbage , to show we are all imperfect and have flaws… We know we do, and it’s for God to work within us to change, and for us to listen and yield. I see this show as ATTENTION GETTING,.. AND NEGATIVE ATTENTION at Best!!! Shut it down,. it’s junk.. Do something more constructive with your Creativity Deitrick,.. put your hard kingdom earned $$$$ to some Real creative use….. it’s negativity at its best, and i know you can do better than this with your God Given Creative & Witty Inventions!! i totally agree with Bishop TD Jakes who focuses on building God’s Kingdom of Greatness, Creativity & POSITIVITY !!!

    Honestly it’s an insult to the God you serve Deitrick,.and it’s negative needy press,
    -we know what today’s world needs.. .it’s NOT this!!

    you want to do a reality show? search another avenue,… one that’s spreads a POSITIVE message globally.. XO

  • Cherise Darnell-Roy

    I love the show it allows me to share with my husband who is not a believer of the book

  • Jb Pruitt

    WE as people must stop judging people, that’s God job! Another thing u must remember these r men not God! The show allow me to realize that no matter what u do or who u R, u will have problems. They r still human being, that’s what people forget! I really like the show, and I’m a big fan of Deitrick Haddon! In my opinion, he’s real!

  • ZLoves

    He knows DANG well he wasn’t “a bit taken back and shocked” by the Bishop’s remarks. He expected it and so did I. I’m sure he KNEW the Bishop and many others would not REJOICE in “pastors” on a reality. They probably should have done a documentary style show. Heck an OWN interview with Oprah would have been more credible than a reality show.

    • Cherise Darnell-Roy

      That’s what some of the Pastor’s thought it was going to be, it’s still new let’s give it a chance it may bring our youth back

      • ZLoves

        I see what you’re saying and I do plan to watch but based on the previews it’s not looking like their motives are to reach souls. Did you ever see the other show called “The Sisterhood” on TLC that was centered around preacher’s wives. This is what this show seems like it will be about. To me, it’s not a good look. We will see though.

  • Tayla

    I don’t watch and don’t desire to watch the show, but I do have friends that watch and have heard/read some of the commentary about the show. While D. Haddon might mean for the show to be a new way to spread the gospel, if all people see when they tune in is opulence, ego, and hypocritical actions, they might not be so apt to follow. Also, even Bishop N. Jones stated that he did not see the show as so much an evangelical tool but more as a platform to show that the problem with putting men on pedestals they can’t live on. I guess it all depends on what people are tuning in for and what the network sees will sell when it’s all said in done.

  • Ladybug94

    I think both of them are clowns and need to step aside and let those who are about “the Father’s” business focus on kingdom building.

  • medryl

    God’s people do not expose their lives on TV for fame and money.

    • ZLoves

      It truly SEEMS like that’s their motive; fame and money. I’m just the viewer and I SURELY don’t know their hearts. This is just how it appears to me

    • Cherise Darnell-Roy

      really, I think you need to look again at God’s people that are on TELEVISION

    • Sunshinegirl

      I don’t really see it as them wanting fame and money because from the looks of it, most of them are pretty well off already. I certainly don’t get that at all from Pastor Jay. He seems humble and is really likable.

    • KIR12

      Right, they play make believe every Sunday on TV for an hour.

  • Stacy B

    I don’t see anything wrong with the show. It shows that these are men who struggle and are human. Nothing about their lives are perfect. They don’t try to hide who they are just so that you can see this “Perfect Image”. They have flaws and we all have flaws. We try to learn from our flaws and teach others.

  • Tonyoardee

    I like Deidrick, if we had more preachers like him I think more black men would WILLINGLY attend services. He’s to the point and a realistic in the word to today’s world.

    • KIR12

      He’s a dramatic immature queen. lol Dude does not know how to communicate without getting over emotional when he’s not in control, when he fills disrespected or when someone disagrees with him. That’s women ish, men don’t respect that.

    • KIR12

      This show can reach a lot of people who will never go to church if it’s real and done correctly. Some of those ministers need to grow and experience challenges outside of their comfort zone. If it show those struggles and how they were able to adapt and still be true to who they are, I think it can be a win/win. We will see. Adversity will sometimes show who you really are.