Leah Remini says Tom Cruise could 'end' Scientology


Leah Remini appeared on Real Time With Bill Maher Friday night where she exclaimed that Tom Cruise could "end" Scientology. The actress, who appeared on the show the same night as Milo Yiannopoulos, talked her A&E show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath whichshows how the church affected the life of former Scientologists.

"He (Tom Cruise) could end this singlehandedly," said Maher to which Remini responded, "He could end this. Correct. And because they are saying he singlehandedly is clearing the planet, is changing the planet so most Scientologists believe"

Maher then interjected saying, "Clearing the planet?," "He couldn't even make Jack Reacher a hit."

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"Scientologists believe that if he didn't make it a hit it was because they were suppressive, evil people working against him because he's winning in life and clearing the planet," Remini added.

Remini discussed the "self-brainwashing" that Scientologists perform through their hours of daily studying. "I didn't realize that because we are required to study two-and-a-half hours a a day, like minimum. We are looking up the words, we are being checked out on the policies of Scientology"

When Maher asked if Cruise and other celebrities participated in this, Remini confirmed and added that at times rules are often bent for the star.

"Yes," she said. "Not only does Tom Cruise do exactly that...; Now, I don't want you to get the idea that he's not, that certain policies are not being bent for him because they are and that is the truth, and that was part of the hypocrisy."

Remini also said that Maher's 2008 documentary Religulous played a role in her realizations about Scientology even though she wasn't fully aware at the time of watching it.

"Scientologists are not allowed to look at things like this. We're not allowed to look or listen to people who are critics of Scientology. I watched it because I was a troublemaker, apparently, always. What you were revealing in your documentary I wasn't even at that level yet.," Remini said. "So you seemed a little crazy to me because I didn't know what you were saying was true so I was like 'that shit is crazy.'"

Maher concluded the interview by thanking Remini for "putting a human face on the people who suffer from this awful cult."

"When the history of Scientology is finally written, it's going to show that fate chose you to come in like in Act Five," said Maher. "You're like Reagan with 'tear down that wall.'"

Watch the interview above!

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