Tammy Faye Flashback: RARE Interviews About PTL Scandal
Tammy Faye spoke with ET many times over the years about the downfall of her and Jim Bakker’s religious empire. In these rare interviews, Tammy shared how she navigated one of the most talked about scandals of the ’80s. Following the televangelist couple’s exit from ‘The PTL Club’ and Heritage USA in 1987, Jim and Tammy opened up about their public feud with Jerry Falwell, appearing on ‘Nightline’ and, of course, her trademark makeup. Tammy sat down with ET in 1997 to discuss her battle with colon cancer, and why she believed Jim was unfairly targeted by the justice system. The couple went their separate ways following his prison sentence in 1989, but she continued to praise her ex-husband. Upon the debut of her documentary, ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye,’ in 2000, Tammy revealed why she wanted to participate in the RuPaul-narrated film, and reflected on her struggle with drug addiction. Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield portray Tammy and Jim, respectively, in the documentary’s biopic adaptation, ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye,’ in theaters Sept. 17.