The new docu-series Preachers of LA premiered earlier this month on Oxygen and, there’s already drama surrounding the church folks. While Bishop Clarence McClendon — one of six preachers the series follows — would like for viewers to continue watching, he took the opportunity to clear up a few things.
If you haven’t watched the premiere episode, I’ll catch you up to speed. Towards the ending of the ep, a scene was shown where the cast members got together at Bishop Ron Gibson‘s second home, or Man Cave as he puts it. As the pastors arrive in their own cars, Bishop McClendon arrive in an SUV with an “entourage” of men holding his bags.
Shortly after its premiere, he released a video saying he was set up by producers from the show. “What I recognize now is that I was set up to be put in a crossfire,” McClendon said of his arrival.
It’s my son and my assistant who traveled with me and the other guy, carrying the luggage, that was the driver that the producers sent. I didn’t know who he was and don’t know his name to this day. It was obviously a set up.
Moving forward, Bishop McClendon explained the conversation with Minister Deitrick Haddon about his ministry. The exchange of words made it seem as if the Bishop charges a hefty fee for his delivery of the gospel.
We don’t establish an honorarium (fee) [...] I get 200-300 invitations a year. So I have to pick and choose. Here is the reality. I don’t travel with an entourage… No one. No pastor has been asked to or forced to pay for our team to go (anywhere).
He went on to explain why he left the Man Cave:
I was getting into what the Bible calls an ignorant and foolish dispute. I am not going to allow people to abuse that or malign that for the sake of television
Since the debut of Preachers of LA, Bishop T.D. Jakes have spoken out against the series calling the show “junk” in this video of his service this past Sunday (Oct. 13).