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Leah Remini Reveals Why She Left Scientology

Seven months after famously cutting ties with the Church of Scientology, actress Leah Remini opens up about why she left.

The revelation comes as part of an interview with BuzzFeed about the "hardest year of her life." The former "King of Queens" star told the outlet the church made her lose sight of her family.

"In my house, it's family first – but I was spending most of my time at the church. So, I was saying 'family first,' but I wasn't showing that. I didn't like the message that sent my daughter."

Remini says Scientology officials were "controlling and intimidating", but points out she's the type who wasn't afraid to push back.
Leah Remini Reveals Why She Left Scientology

Leading up to her exodus, Remini says she lost friends while trying to instigate change. Most people were too concerned their own lives would be disrupted if they helped the actress.

Her former friend and church member Kirstie Alley publicly called Remini "repulsive and a bigot" for her actions.

Another breaking point came when her daughter Sofia was reaching the age for auditing, an intense questioning practice to gain entry into Scientology. Remini didn't want Sofia to go through the process, and recalled her own mother put the Church of Scientology before her family and she resented her for it.

Remini has since been working on rebuilding her life -- she competed on "Dancing With the Stars ," is working on a memoir and is pitching TV shows. She also signed on to TVLand's "The Exes."

Remini says the resentment is gone now and she's never been closer with her own mother. Other things that have helped her get over the Church: her best friend, Jennifer Lopez -- and a good glass of wine.

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jmg62 February 28 2014 at 5:07 AM

Kirstie Alley called her "repulsive and a bigot"? Wow! Gotta get me into that "loving, warm and fuzzy" Church! Even the Catholic's stopped burning heretics at the stake.

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bosshogrider February 28 2014 at 6:23 AM

Leah great to hear you have grown a pair and resigned from that cult. Oh and Leah by the way glad to hear you distanced yourself from crazy Kirstie she looks about ready to POP get it tee hee

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captrandy77 February 28 2014 at 6:28 AM

Just another Kool Aid cult.

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jechandle February 28 2014 at 6:47 AM

I'm reminded of a couple of Frank Zappa songs, the first,
"Swear t'God they got the most
At every business on the coast
They got the Flakes"

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GINA V GOTTI February 28 2014 at 6:54 AM

Good 4 u Leah ! congrads 4 bein stand up and puttuin this scientology b/s behind u . i dnt no ur religion b 4 u hooked up w/ them .... but u did the right thing 4 urself & ur family . God Bless u an ur family . good luck in all u do in the future .

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wax1954 February 28 2014 at 6:54 AM


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gsdjuss wax1954 February 28 2014 at 7:13 AM

As opposed to other religions? Most people are religious because they are indoctrinated from a young age to believe as their parents believe-told not to question any of the details. Cultures used to have religion based on the sun, Roman and Greek Gods, the movement of the seasons and we look back and laugh at those and would consider those cults. But because you personally believe the son of a supreme being that created all of the world came to this earth and died for all of us that makes it real and does not have any cult aspects? You have time on your side-this has been accepted and believed for thousands of years. Relatively the Mormon Church is not too old-wonder when that stopped being a cult? Give the ebb and flow of culture long enough and some other belief will take over and become accepted and those people will look back on what we believe currently and laugh. Why not that has been the course of history? Or what we just happen to be the ones that have got it right at this point of history and everyone else was wrong and those that believe differently today are also wrong? Religion is a PERSONAL decision and right and individuals can do whatever they want with it. The problem becomes when individuals think society as a whole should be guided by these individual beliefs and have no tolerance for anything else.

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Anne Normandin February 28 2014 at 7:00 AM

Good for you Leah, you escaped that cult and did it all on your own. Courageous. Good luck to you and your great future. I'm sure your daughter will thank you somewhere down the line. Apparantly Katie Holmes went the same way, for the same reasons, but is probably being legally tongue tied by Cruise.

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sharank251 February 28 2014 at 7:05 AM

Scientology's purpose is to suck as much money out of its members as possible. L.Ron Hubbard admitted he just made it up. A figment of his imagination. A few corrupt opportunists got hold of it and here we are years later with this cult being permitted to operate with impunity. I hope stars like her continue to leave this scary cult.

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totalstudentsvcs sharank251 February 28 2014 at 7:23 AM

Most religions or cbetter named CULTS want to suck something from you .... MONEY, FREE HELP TO PROMOTE THE BUSINESS, ONE OF THEIR SOLDIERS FOR KILLING etc. It is all BS. Please people child abusing priests and bishops ( 400 cases alone in Chicago ) Millions spent over the years by the Vatican for cover up money ......... BINGO and Las Vegas Nights ....... YUP legal gambling and no TAXES paid for anything. ThaT GOES FOR ALL RELIGIONS ...... IT'S ALL MADE UP STORIES WRITTEN 100s OF YEARS AGO FOR PROFIT AND TO CONTROL MASS POPULATION. .....no proof of a SINGLE so called miracle that cannot be explained by science or nature. EXAMPLE how stupid people really are ------ There is a Korean Church in Flushing, NY and the Minister arrives every weekend in a Rolls Royce! Not only will I take your money but I will also FLAUNT IT IN YOUR FACE ..... Can you SAY Tammy Baker and her Husband or MOONIES etc ...... the list goes on and on and on. Praise the Lord!!!!!

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Karine February 28 2014 at 7:06 AM

It looks like she got a "Lip job" Most of all - her personal business is hers .. As for Kiersty Ally, I find her repulvise and her countless vain attempts to better heerself have failed .. I can't stand her and what she stands for ..

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Realbrother3 February 28 2014 at 7:17 AM

Used to live across the street from that Church. They are a bunch a nuts. I call them the Cult of Personality slash the Stepford Wives. True faith is the courage to call out silliness for what it is.


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