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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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jfmurr3 February 28 2014 at 9:58 AM

Nice Christian statement from Kristi, the fat!!!!lol

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DAVID STROK February 28 2014 at 2:50 AM

Good for Carrie Heffernan.

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arakuzi February 28 2014 at 2:45 AM

Most of ANY religion today tends to brain wash people for money or else, they turn normal people to fanatics for power.

I have lost a few friends for a stupid local Christian church, they are all brain washed....the only thing they talk about is the friggin church and start preaching over and over to anyone to a point of extreme annoyance..........I believe in balance in life...you cannot tip the scale to one side, you just became a retarded "radical" .

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d1anaw arakuzi February 28 2014 at 4:48 AM

Exactly. Scientology isn't the first or only religion or organization to resort to these tactics. People just turn a blind eye to what is in front of them. Any group, union, political party or anything else that requires blind devotion of it's followers and resorts to intimidation, coercion and manipulation is a cult. Any time you are not permitted to question or object, you should turn and run the other way.

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stewart_clark1 February 28 2014 at 2:35 AM

The Church of Scientology what a waste I wonder if Tom Cruse was a lunatic before he joined or after. Why would these idiot so called Famous Rich People allow themselves to be brain washed by the idiots of the "Church". The Church of Scientology should be shut down the stupid stay the smart leave.

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arakuzi stewart_clark1 February 28 2014 at 2:47 AM

he actually said he had extreme ADD....perhaps still, just a guy that got lucky

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chefdorsback February 28 2014 at 2:33 AM

WTG Leah they are nothing but a bunch of CROOKS!!!!

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chefdorsback February 28 2014 at 2:32 AM

I would NEVER belong to any church that Charlie Manson belongs to LMAO!!!

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kidcanvas2 February 28 2014 at 10:02 AM

u have to be a weak fool to join that "storm trooper" crap

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Linda February 28 2014 at 2:24 AM

Good for Remini. Scientology is NOT a religion....it is a cult. L Ron Hubbard, the supposed founder of Scientology, was a Science Fiction writer...nothing more. The rumor is that he and his drinking buddies made a bet. L Ron said he could write a book about a fictional religion and people would read and follow it...Dianetics. If you have tried to read Dianetics you know that it makes absolutely NO sense at all. Remini was smart to get out.

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sarakl98 February 28 2014 at 2:15 AM

Good for her!!

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lili February 28 2014 at 2:05 AM

Strong woman. She chose her daughter over the church as difficult as that must have been.

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