'SURREAL LIFE' TURNS TAMMY FAYE & PORN KING INTO BOSOM BUDDIES

Published on: January 26, 2004

MAYBE "The Surreal Life" should be retitled "The Odd Couple"!

That's because show co-star Ron Jeremy, a giant in the porn industry, has become bosom buddies with one of the unlikeliest people -- former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner.

The pair discovered they had more in common than they ever dreamed of after their initial meeting on the WB reality show, which features a strange assortment of celebrities living together.

"Tammy Faye was a living doll," Jeremy told The ENQUIRER in an exclusive interview. "She's a real cutie.

"I wasn't expecting that a Jewish adult filmmaker and a televangelist would click, but we did!

"Even though Tammy is very religious, she's got a live-and-let-live attitude. She'll never endorse pornography, but that's O.K. We frequently discussed religion, and I would smack somebody if they ever tried to take her Bible away.

"Tammy's also got a great laugh -- and we even danced together. I respect her and vice-versa. We were so close that whenever Tammy got emotional and her tears started flowing, I felt like crying, too."

Jeremy, 50, also reveals he had a very special wake-up service during filming of the show.

"Erik Estrada would wake me up each morning with a cup of coffee and a song."

As for the future of his friendship with 61-year-old Tammy Faye, Jeremy reveals to ENQUIRER readers: "I have her phone number and we'll be keeping in touch. Who would have thought?" -- RICK EGUSQUIZA