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After Oxygen’s new reality series “Preachers of LA” made its controversial debut last week, Bishop Clarence McClendon is apparently having second thoughts about his participation already.

McClendon posted an online video message explaining that what the show has become is not what he originally signed up for.

“First of all, when I was approached with it, they said it wasn’t a reality show, they said it was a docu-series. Again, I was not involved in the genesis of the project. I’ve had a number of things come to me like this, a number of people come to me with certain opportunities and I’ve turned them down,” he explained.

The veteran preacher says that he knew the producers of the show, L. Plummer Media in association with Relevé Entertainment, beforehand and had faith that their own relationship with God would dictate how they handled the show’s development.

“I believed the people, the producers involved were Christian people, people that I know, people full of the holy spirit who really wanted to do something significant as it relates to Hollywood. That’s the production level. The network level they make decisions and sometimes things get lost in the translation. Initially I believed and trusted that we would be able to accomplish something with this relative to some things that the Lord had said to me,” he continued.

Preaching is something McClendon has done since he was 15-years-old and he claims that he was never looking to gain stardom from it.

“I’m primarily a private person. I certainly am not after fame. I’m more known than I actually want to be,” he offered. McClendon added that he’s a “bridge builder and a peacemaker,” and that “sometimes when you build bridges, you get walked on.”

McClendon was involved in a heated exchange with recording artist and former pastor Deitrick Haddon about whether preachers should have entourages and request honorariums. The argument led to McClendon getting up and walking out of the house where the gathering of the various pastors was taking place.

“When the situation got heated, I recognized that I was getting into what the Bible calls ‘an ignorant and foolish dispute.’ What I recognize now is that I was set up to be put in crossfire. I am not going to allow people to abuse that or malign that for the sake of television,” said McClendon.

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