Leah Remini Explains Why She Left Scientology

In 2013, actress Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology after having been a Scientologist for pretty much her entire life. In season 2 of her reality show “It’s All Relative,” she will be addressing why she left, as well as talking about life inside the church.

In a clip from this season (which you can see by clicking here), Remini explains that having a daughter had a lot to do with her decision to leave.

“I decided I didn’t want to raise my daughter in the church because from what I’ve experienced and what I saw, the church becomes your everything. It becomes your mother, your father, your everything. You are dependent on the church…I just didn’t want her to be raised that way, because let’s say in 10 years if I don’t want to be connected to the church anymore, my own daughter would be taught to disconnect from me.”

This is an unfortunate matter of fact. If you leave the church and speak out against it in any way, or interact with anyone else who does, you can be declared a “Suppressive Person.” Remini herself has, in fact, been declared a Suppressive Person.

The COS, of course, has since responded to the clip:

“It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former religion as a publicity stunt in a pathetic attempt to get ratings for her cable show and seem relevant again. She is rewriting history and omits that she was participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice, as she was on the verge of being expelled for her and her husband’s ethical lapses.”

I am really not so sure that Leah Remini has what anyone would call an “insatiable craving for attention.” I mean, she’s been acting since what?  That “Who’s The Boss?” spinoff? Since she was a kid, practically, and there has yet to be any kind of major Leah Remini scandal or gossip other than her leaving Scientology.

She’s pretty much always been someone who goes along, does her work and doesn’t really seek out the limelight outside of that. Certainly, she is far less attention-seeking than, say, Tom Cruise with all his couch-jumping and whatnot. Maybe they should try another tactic with her. Not that anyone would buy anything they say at this point.

[EW]