After Bishop TD Jakes’ comments on Preachers of L.A. calling it a “junk” this week, Deitrick Haddon, one of the preachers featured in the reality show, gave his response to the case.
In an interview with Darlene McCoy at the Praise 102.5 / 102.9, Haddon said he was very “shocked” with Jakes’ view.
“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,” he said.
After the premiere of the show, Jakes took the pulpit to speak against the new Oxygen doc-series.
“Now I know you’ve 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 at his Potter’s House Church in Dallas.
Haddon said he got the response he expected from the public, including the negative part.
“You don’t do something so aggressive and so unconventional and bold, and don’t expect any negative feedback from it, because it is something that has never been done before,” said the gospel singer.
However, at the end of the days, Haddon said, it was a “necessary risk.” For him, the responses were fantastic especially for the first episode, because it had 1.1 million viewers.
Regarding the criticism against the lavish lives of the pastors featured in the show, Haddon said he doesn’t see a problem with anybody driving a “Bentley” “as long as they are doing the work that God has called them to do.”
“I think man deserves whatever he works hard for. And I also think that man should not be judged by what he drives or what he wears or where he lives.”
And he emphasized the importance of the program, saying this is an opportunity to produce more faith-based, good and clean television on mainstream.
Haddon, who fathered a child through adultery, also defended that people can do things wrongs, but be able to stand up again by the grace of God.
“Some times the negativity can drown out the positivity. It is amazing how you can do a million things right, but folk, people, focus on one thing is wrong.”