Inside Edition interviewed televangelist Kenneth Copeland in a video that has since gained national attention, and now Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero is speaking out about what it was like to talk to the world-famous preacher.
The Inside Edition crew found Copeland outside of a seminar in Branson, Missouri.
“When we decided to do this interview we were aware of his schedule….” Guerrero said. “So we flew down there with my team."
Persistence paid off, and Guerrero and producer Larry Posner and photographer Fil Kapsa were able to speak to Copeland about his use of private planes to travel around the country. Copeland purchased a Gulfstream V jet from Tyler Perry in January 2018, never disclosing the amount he paid for it. He also owns two other planes. He claims the planes are necessary for his ministry, but he also uses the aircraft to travel to his vacation homes.
Copeland had previously told televangelist Jesse Duplantis why he doesn't fly commercial.
“You can’t manage that today, in this dope-filled world, get in a long tube with a bunch of demons," Copeland said.
When questioned about that statement by Guerrero, Copeland grew visibly agitated on camera.
“Do you think people who fly commercial are demons?” Guerrero asked during the interview.
“No I do not and don’t you ever say I did!” Copeland answered, raising his voice.
Later on, Copeland said, “Will you give me a chance to talk, sweetheart? I will explain it to you. But it’s a biblical thing, it’s a spiritual thing. It doesn’t have anything to do with people. People? I love people. Jesus loves people. But people get pushed in alcohol. Do you think that’s a good place for a preacher to be and prepare to go preach to a lot of people ... ?”
Guerrero said she didn't appreciate the preacher addressing her that way.
“I was truly interested in what he had to say, so I let those comments roll off my back," she said.
“If I were to get defensive or say something back to him, that would have been ugly so maybe he would have gotten into his car and driven away. And our purpose was to get him to talk.”
“We looked at it and thought our viewers might want to see the entire conversation,” Guerrero said.