Leah Remini's Problems With Scientology Allegedly Started At Tom Cruise's Wedding
Unlike many of her famous Hollywood friends, Leah Remini never dabbled in Scientology as a way to cope with fame or stumbled into it during her twenties as she searched for meaning. The actress spent most of her life inside the Church after her mother took a shining to the religion in the 1970s. Over the past few years, sheís been one of the religionís most vocal and effective unpaid spokesmen, but her decades long affiliation with the Church has officially come to an end.
Remini hasnít offered any public reasons for why she decided to turn her back on the faith she supported so vehemently for so many years, but the King of Queens actress did release a statement thanking her fans and members of the media for standing by her.
Hereís the actual quote, as per The Hollywood ReporterÖ
"I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and fans from around the world. I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support."
Given her penchant for speaking her mind, itís entirely possible Remini will eventually air her dirty laundry in public, but until then, weíll just have to rely on the whispers of ex-Scientologist journalists whose sources are apparently in the know. For example: Tony Ortega. Heís got a pretty pointed theory on what happened.
Apparently, Ortegaís sources have told him the friction between Remini and the Church began at Tom Cruiseís wedding. She reportedly asked why David Miscavigeís wife Shelly wasnít in attendance, and she was basically told that information was on a need to know basis. Given her personality, that didnít sit so well with Remini, and as Miscavigeís wife basically disappeared (she allegedly hasnít been seen in public since 2007), the rift allegedly intensified to the point she actually filled out an accusatory Knowledge Report about Miscavige and several Church higherups.
Obviously, thatís an incredibly scandalous story, but since everything about the Church of Scientology isnít exactly open or forward, thereís really no telling what the hell actually happened. Itís entirely possible Remini just had some personal issues with some random people or she read a pamphlet and got excited about converting to Catholicism. Either way, her exodus is utterly fascinating and far more surprising than other high profile departures like Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman.
Ordinarily when a celebrity leaves organized religion, he or she is widely vilified by some segments of society. Itís a pretty straightforward commentary on the publicís view of Scientology that Remini has been almost uniformly praised for her decision. Regardless of the details, it seems likely that positive mojo will continue.
Weíll keep you updated. Until then, try and play nice with the parishoners in your own house of worship.
Update: Since publication, a spokesman for the Church of Scientology reached out to Cinema Blend and offered the following statement...
The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no further comment.