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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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Charlene March 01 2014 at 10:05 AM

Scientology destroyed the once beautiful city of Clearwater, Florida. Bought it up and filled the city with its sheep. Pathetic to call it "The Church of Scientology". The poor Scientologists dig ditches and serve the BIG SHEEP, while they fly planes and act in films and some make their wives disappear!

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polish215 March 10 2014 at 2:07 PM

Yes...that's why they call it "Occupied Clearwater". Lots of CO$ politicians there.

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pvcallis March 01 2014 at 9:15 AM

Idolatry will get you.

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Living Legend February 28 2014 at 11:48 PM

She left because she finally wised up and realized it is a cult for the weak minded who don't mind being separated from their money on a regular bases.

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Art&Arleen February 28 2014 at 11:11 PM

She saw the light of Jesus???may YIU be instrumental in saving many others from this dangerous! controlling cult.

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Chris February 28 2014 at 11:08 PM

Good for U Leah!!! U do what is best for U and family. and most importantly be happy! Have some wine for me lol

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mark1realtor February 28 2014 at 10:45 PM

I feel sad for 95% of scientologist, they are like mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed a bunch of poop. It is only after years of losing everything do they hear about the ZENU story OT3 the Wall Of Fire. The upper controllers keep them under wraps with threats and intimidation.
Every weed in the sun has its day . . .for a while.

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BARRY AND KATHY February 28 2014 at 8:23 PM

I have to say I'm amazed how something which was NEVER intended to be takes seriously was taken over by a bunch of cheats and fools and found followers who were too stupid to even investigate it's origins.
It turned from a parody of religion into a scam cult to relieve gullible people of their money.

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cfinde February 28 2014 at 5:28 PM

and...it enjoys all the privileges of a church---TAX FREE!

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jtaylo003 February 28 2014 at 4:57 PM

I wouldn't trust ANYONE associated with this so called "religion". It's a cult, plain and simple.

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PATTY February 28 2014 at 3:19 PM

Jesus Christ tells us to love our enemies even more. We have a choice as to whether to believe or not. It is called free will. It's up to us.

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BARRY AND KATHY February 28 2014 at 8:30 PM

Christianity is no more true than any other cult. Christ may have been good intentioned but to actually believe he was anything other than just a normal man means you are buying into the wrong part of religion.
It's fine to believe in a creator if you need that to complete you though I don't. Buying into the nuances is where you err. There is simply no justification to believe anyone, anywhere would have more access to this God than you.
Why would you take the word or others that THEY are the ones with MORE knowledge and closer to God than you? It simply makes it too easy to take advantage of you and if you actually believe in this God, you should also believe he wouldn't treat you this way.
That's how cults are born.

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