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In a recent interview, Ted apologized to Mike and the gay community for how he handled himself when the scandal broke. In response, Oprah reads a statement from Mike:

"Dear Ted: You have publicly apologized to me. I accept your apology. However, I cannot speak for the millions of proud gay men and women. I hope you understand the anger and sadness that overcame me once I discovered who you were. As a gay man who has fought for gay rights since my early teens, continually being treated as a second-class citizen has never set well with me. I've second-guessed myself so many times on my actions that I, too, have been brought to tears and loneliness. I believe you are a good person and could do so much more. My only sadness is that you've decided to make your comeback so publicly that it will open old wounds and new ones. My best to you and your family."

"I'm grateful for that statement, and I don't want to cause wounds to anyone," Ted says. "I hope any wounds that our story opens will be an opening so they can be cleansed and healed."
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FROM: Evangelist Ted Haggard, His Wife and the Gay Sex Scandal
Published on June 30, 2009

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