During an episode of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo on Wednesday, July 9, Leah Remini opened up about leaving the Church of Scientology.
Remini was chosen to play the game called Plead the Fifth, and was asked what the best and worst part about leaving the church was. “I’d say the worst part was I couldn’t drink every other day, and the best is, I can drink every other day,” the King of Queens star jokingly answered while taking a sip of red wine.
In all seriousness however, Leah says that one of the hardest parts about leaving was not being able to talk to those who are still affiliated with the church. She explained that once you leave, you are shunned and are not allowed to communicate with the church members in any way.
“If you leave Scientology publicly, you, uh, have to be shunned… and that is the sad truth of it,” Remini explained on her new show titled Leah Remini: It’s All Relative . “In the church of Scientology, it is, you are not allowed to speak to anyone who’s left the church in any way.”
“You look through your phone [and] you’re like, ‘Oh, I can’t call this person.’ But you know, as we were in that time of loss and grief, still sad we lost our friends, we also have to look at what we do have,” she said. “We have great family. We have great friends still in our lives.”
Leah publicly left the church a year ago in July 2013. She started questioning things that upset the church leader David Miscavige. More specifically, she wanted to know where his wife Shelly Miscavige was, as she had not been seen for some time. This did not sit well with David and started an uproar in the church. Leah later left and has been speaking publicly about the church since.
“I believe that people should be able to question things,” she said. “I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that’s what I’m about. It wouldn’t matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to.”
Other famous members of the church include: John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Kristie Alley, and Elisabeth Moss.
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