One televangelist didn’t take kindly to being asked about his $54 million private jet. As part of a report for Inside Edition, Lisa Guerrero approached Jesse Duplantis, a Christian televangelist, at a book signing and asked why he needed the aircraft. Duplantis said he wasn’t “doing any kind of interviews now.” Guerrero was then grabbed by security and dragged away.
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Inside Edition was creating a report that focused on the “lavish” lifestyles of televangelists, including Duplantis and Kenneth Copeland. According to Inside Edition, the televangelists “drive fancy cars and live inside lavish mansions” as well as “fly in some of the best private jets money can buy.”
A trip from Fort Worth, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana, in a Dassault Falcon 50 jet – the same kind Duplantis uses – reportedly costs $14,000 roundtrip, and the church’s membership essentially pays for the flights.
For a commercial flight covering the same distance, the ticket could be as little as $180.
Guerrero approached Duplantis during a book signing.
“Hi, I’m from Inside Edition,” she said. “I’d love for you to set the record straight, sir — why do you need a $54 million jet?”
“We’re not doing any kind of interviews now; I’m in a book signing,” Duplantis replied. Then, security moved in.
“I’d just like to know why you need…” said Guerrero as security guards grabbed her.
“Keep your hands off of me! Do not touch me!” she exclaimed. “Why are you people touching me like this?”
During a service the next day, Duplantis mocked Guerrero.
“I heard her holler,” he stated while laughing. “I came back and said, ‘What did you do with her?’”
“I made her Outside Edition,” said a security guard, according to Duplantis.
This isn’t the first time that Duplantis and Copeland have garnered attention for their use of private jets. In a clip in December 2015, Duplantis described a conversation between himself and God that took place on his jet.
Copeland stated, “You couldn’t have done that on an airliner.”
He added, “That’s why we’re on that airplane,” defending the use of the expensive aircraft. He also claimed that, without a private jet, it wasn’t possible to coherently talk to God.