You've seen those late night television evangelists bilking their viewing audience for sacrificial offerings in exchange for miracle handkerchiefs. This blog talks about some of the things that they would rather you don't see...

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Top 5 Televangelist Toupees

Here they are, the Top 5 Televangelist Toupees:

#5. Jim Bakker

Air conditioned dog houses and expensive toupees were the hallmark of this TV evangelist/host of the PTL club, which ended in the 80s after a sex scandal with Jessica Hahn.

Convicted of 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy, October, 1989, and sentenced to 45 years in prison (reduced to 18 years, 1991), he was forced to fore go the hairpiece in federal prison.

#4. Jake Hess of the Bill Gaither Singers
This set of locks always brought a chuckle, as I wondered if it would part from his head during some of the more lively selections.

#3. Morris Cerullo

While not a toupee, this comeover evangelist still ranks a place on the list.

#2. Ron Hembree

This TV evangelist hosts his coiffed poodle on QuickStudy in the mornings.

#1. And, the number 1 televangelist toupee: Ernest Angley

I remember this TV evangelist offering locks of his dead wife's hair (for a contribution of course) in the early 80's.

He's still going strong: The Devil In Pastor's Clothing.

Here's a link to a video from the 80's (yes, it's for real) in which I think he wearing the same toupee as today!

More Shenanigans...

Even though this next TV evangelist does not qualify for the above list, he still ranks as one of my favorites.
Peter Popoff was caught red handed in the early 90s with a receiver in his ear, and no, it wasn't the voice of God, it was his wife proclaiming 'wisdom information' from the flock.

Peter Popoff exposed by James Randi

It doesn't seem to have hurt him, though. He's still on late night TV several times a day

Here's a link to one of his fund raising letters:

Peter Popoff Letter


Anonymous said...

If you want to see a bad toupee, look at the picture of Richard Land in the NYT online article "McCain’s Critics on Right Look Again", Feb 1 2008

Anonymous said...

Is Jim Whittington still on TV?

I used to watch him on Sunday mornings just for the laughs.

One Sunday I called his toll-free number just to see what would happen. "He" sent me a "special" handkerchief with the claim he wanted me to return it to him and he would place it on his pillow and so it would be blessed by his sleeping on it.

I blew my nose in the handkerchief and mailed it back to him. I never heard from that organization again! LOLOLOLOLOL! (I'm sorry, Im laughing so hard at the memory!)

Soon after that, the TV station that had been broadcasting his "show" took him off the air because his organiztion had repeatedly sent letters to a comatose woman in a local nursing home asking for money in exchange for healing!

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