Leah Remini vs. Scientology: Round 1,238,412,386
Leah Remini is still going on and on about leaving the Church of Scientology last summer. (Perhaps as a little reminder that she’s writing a tell-all memoir about it? Dollar-sign eyeballs.)
This time the King of Queens alum tells BuzzFeed that she left the church for many a reason, but mainly because of her 9-year-old daughter Sofia.
And, you guessed it, the Church is firing back.
“She was getting to the age where the acclimation into the church would have to start,” Remini said, referring to Scientology’s “auditing” process. This brought back memories of her experience as a child. When Remini was 9, her mom Vicki moved the family to the Scientology compound in Clearwater and started spending tons of time at the church.
“I started thinking of my own childhood and how I grew up resenting my mother because she was never home,” Remini said. “But my mom thought she was doing something good; she thought she was helping the planet. That’s what the church tells you.”
The 43-year-old former co-host of The Talk went on, “In my house, it’s family first — but I was spending most of my time at the church,” she said. “So, I was saying 'family first,’ but I wasn’t showing that. I didn’t like the message that sent my daughter.”
She said she tried to make a change while sticking with Scientology, but nobody wanted to help her.
“That showed me they didn’t actually care, which went against everything I thought we stood for … They didn’t care about doing the right thing. That showed me everything the church taught me was a lie.”
The church released its own statement about Remini’s comments, and it isn’t the nicest.
“It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt by rewriting her history with it, including omitting that she was participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice, as she was on the verge of being expelled for her ethical lapses,” a rep for the church tells Us Weekly.
These days Remini is working on loving herself, something her gal pal Jennifer Lopez is helping her with. According to the BuzzFeed article, J Lo suggested Remini start listening to affirmation tapes, whatever those are, and, “One of the daily exercises requires Remini to look in a mirror and say, 'I love you, Leah. You’re doing the best you can do."
According to Remini, “Jennifer made special rings for all the women in her life that say, 'I Love Me,” and I’ve really come to realize you have to love yourself before you can expect someone else to.”
Just don’t hold your breath waiting for the Scientologists to come around, Leah.