'Daystar' network founders disclose marriage infidelity on live program

Marcus and Joni Lamb

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The home page of the Daystar Television Network links to "a special message" from Marcus and Joni Lamb.

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by SAM HODGES

The Dallas Morning News

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 30 at 6:05 PM

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DALLAS - Evangelists Marcus and Joni Lamb, who founded the Dallas area-based Christian TV network Daystar, used a live program today to acknowledge his past infidelity and to say that three people demanded $7.5 million to keep the story out of the media.

"Ladies and gentleman, we're not going to take God's money and pay to keep from being humiliated," Marcus Lamb said on the morning program "Celebration," broadcast from Daystar headquarters in Bedford.

The Lambs allowed a reporter in the studio but would not take questions afterward.

Daystar is a powerhouse evangelical network, broadcasting locally on Channel 2 as well as internationally via satellite. The network features such well-known pastors and teachers as Joel Osteen, John Hagee, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and James Robison. Local pastors who appear on Daystar include Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potter's House, Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas and Ed Young Jr. of Fellowship Church.

On the program – which they regularly co-host – they said their marriage is now sound but that "several years ago" Joni Lamb discovered Marcus Lamb was having an improper relationship.

Though they shared few other details, their marriage counselor, Fred Kendall, did provide some specifics during the show.

"He had had one inappropriate period of misbehavior, with one person, and it wasn't a man. It wasn't a transvestite. It was with a woman," Kendall said.

Marcus Lamb said, "I take 100 percent responsibility. Joni has no blame. The other person doesn't have any blame. ... I don't even blame the devil. It's all on me."

The Lambs offered few details of their claim of extortion.

Well into the program, Joni Lamb said, "There actually are three people who are not involved in what we're talking about today or affected by our marital challenge that are now saying that unless Daystar pays them $7.5 million, that they're going to take our story that we just shared with you to the media."

She added, "This is not a secret story that we've been hiding – rather, a private matter, from which we have been healing."

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