Preachers of L.A. is already stirring up controversy…and it hasn’t even aired yet!
One of the show’s stars, Bishop Noel Jones, explained his reasons for jumping into the reality TV world in a recent interview with TheJasmineBrand.
“Anytime you deal with people who everybody put on pedestals, and put them up on pedestals that they can’t live on. Anytime you deal with looking on the other side and deal with lifestyle – It’s going to be controversial, there’s no question about it,” he said. “The reason why I’m doing this show is because I want to deflate the iconoclastic dispositions that we have towards men and women who are in ministry or who are in any position where we want to look up to them. Because at the end of the day, everybody’s flawed.”
The Bishop admits his persona may give off the wrong impression about life in the pulpit.
“I tell my friends, ‘I’m too flawed to be flashy,’ so I try to stay as far out from the limelight as I can. It’s just that – and the truth is that I’m good at what I do. So if I wasn’t good at what I do, I wouldn’t be in demand. And because I’m in demand, I’m in the limelight. And because I’m in the limelight, it comes on, on the good and the bad – but we don’t want to embrace that. We want to give the impression that there’s nothing on – we don’t have a dark side. But everybody’s got a dark side, of course, won’t agree with me, but everybody’s got a dark side.”
Wondering how he broke the news to his huge congregation?
“You just tell them. And it went left for a minute and then I reassured them that I’m not in the business of being crazy and stupid – I have some sophistication – I think I do anyway.”
A few of his friends were shocked by his decision to join the cast of a reality show, including his BFF, T.D. Jakes.
“My best friend said when he heard I was doing this – because I didn’t call him – but when he heard I was doing this, he said that he swallowed his tongue,” he revealed. “So when he said he swallowed his tongue when he heard I was doing it – and rightfully so – because from his perspective, we’re two different people. I’m more open and more gregarious than he is, and less protected. And so, and he’s very protective. So consequently, I’m on the other side of the protection that he would like me to have and then it’s risky business – it’s no question in my mind – it’s risky business.”
Jones also had some reservations about how his cast mates would behave on the upcoming show.
“I talked to the families that they’ve decided to go with, and I wanted to make sure that no one of us would do anything that would jeopardize how people view the other ones of us - that no one of us, would do something that would jeopardize how others are looked at. So we have a little council within the whole show thing, and then they can’t show what we don’t give.”
He’s also aware that despite his best efforts, producers will be looking for ratings in the editing room.
“They can always edit. You know, they’re the masters at that. And they’re committed to get the ratings they want. And you can’t go into the show and decide that you’re going to fix it in a particular way when they’re in the business of knowing how to get ratings. So, you’re going to indulge in some things that are going to be risqué – let’s hope that it’s about 5% as opposed to 95%.”
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