The Rev. Alberto Cutie, a former Roman Catholic priest who dramatically departed from the church to get married and continue his priestly ministry in the Episcopal faith, now has his own television talk show.
Minneapolis is among the test markets for “Father Albert," which premieres July 11 for a 5-week test run on six Fox-owned stations, including KMSP. It will be a daily, hour-long show during its test run and airs at 1 p.m.
The show features Cutie’s comments on various topics and current events, in-depth interviews and special guests.
In 1999, Cutie gained recognition as the first priest to host a secular daytime talk show with the popular “Padre Alberto” on the Telemundo network and, three years later, Telemundo International’s weekly talk show, “America en Vivo.”
His self-help book, “Real Life, Real Love,” became a Spanish-language market best-seller and earned him the nickname of “Father Oprah.”
He left the Catholic Church in May 2009 over ideological differences and to marry the woman he loved. They wed in the Episcopal Church, where Cutié now serves as a priest, and celebrated the birth of their daughter in December 2010.