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Another One Bites the Dust: Leah Remini Leaves Scientology

By Courtney Enlow | Celebrities Are Better than You | July 11, 2013 | Comments ()


*taps fingers* Excellent.

“King of Queens” star Leah Remini is making a dramatic break from the Church of Scientology, a source said, after being subjected to years of “interrogations” and “thought modification” for questioning leader David Miscavige’s rule.

The source tells us Remini is quitting because of policies that don’t allow parishioners to question Miscavige’s management or the reported abuse of members of its Sea Org religious order — and for forcing followers to “disconnect” from family members branded as “suppressive persons” if they choose to leave the church.

“It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people,” a source said of her decision. “She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of ‘religion.’ “
Former Sea Org member Mike Rinder blogged this week that at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ 2006 wedding, Remini innocently asked where Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, was. Former Scientology Celebrity Centre head Tommy Davis scolded her, “You don’t have the [bleeping] rank to ask about Shelly.” Mrs. Miscavige reportedly hasn’t been seen in public since 2007.

As a result, Remini “was put through interrogations and blacklisted within the church that she donated millions to and that her family has spent their lives in. She was put through ‘thought modification’ for five years,” our source said.

The source added that church friends Remini had for “25 to 30 years wrote internal reports” about her that “caused an investigation on her family.”

Someone close to Remini said she’s weighing going public “when she sees what the church tries to do. She has heard they use people to scare you into silence.”

The source added, “She’s from Brooklyn. The church can’t hurt her … they don’t have her family, that’s all that matters to her.” And, “It’s not about wanting or not wanting to do Scientology … The issue is that [Miscavige] is taking down this church and hurting people and families.”

A Scientology rep denied all allegations.

Yes, yes, watch them fall we will. Muahahaha.

Guys, when even Stacy Carosi wants out, I think it’s time to engage Operation “Beck, Jason Lee and Juliette Lewis Crush Scientology from the Inside”, a plan I’m certain they’ve been working on for years and that’s the only reason any of them are even involved in the org. The plan is sparkly and involves skateboards. I’VE SAID TOO MUCH ALREADY.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Scientology gossip is like crack. Especially high profile defections (although I'm not entirely sure I know who this women is).

    I hope I live long enough to see this whole clusterfrack come to a head.

  • ,

    I'm really conflicted here about someone who's so smart to get out but so dumb to get in in the first place.

  • Jim Slemaker

    Psssst. Safe word is Sharknado!

  • NurseryCryminal

    The funny thing about this is that most of those (justifiably) criticising Scientology are probably Christians who don't see the irony.

  • kirbyjay

    I don't believe in religion myself, but there is no way you can compare any mainstream religion with a cult. Fanatical religion yes, Sunday go to church Christians, no.

  • Clancys_Daddy

    This is what it said "The source tells us Remini is quitting because of policies that don’t allow parishioners to question"...

    I swear to god this is what I read, The source tells us Remini is quitting because of policies that don’t allow prisoners to question...

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Miscavige's wife hasn't been seen since 2007? Did they kill her, barbecue her and feed her to Tom Cruise and John Travolta?

  • logan

    She gave millions to Scientology? Fools and their money....

  • e jerry powell

    I don't think it's a matter of "giving" somehow.

  • Slash

    Yeah, I tend to judge people kinda harshly for joining Scientology. The way I now judge people for voting Republican.

    But you know, they do deserve a little credit for finally (fucking finally) wising up, I guess. Better late than never.

  • kirbyjay

    My theory is that most of the celebrities "submitted" to the auditing process, where they are "encouraged" to reveal their deepest, darkest, usually sexual secrets, thinking at the time how harmless and possibly useful it was, and then when they start growing back their little used brain and begin questioning things, and they are summoned to a conference room where the Miscavige Minions say:

    MM: Ms. Remini, do you think that the public knowing about your desire for a three-way with Osama Bin Laden and Robert Mugabe will help your career? How about that horse thing? The giant zucchini?

    LR: ::speechless::

    MM: Thought so, now we'll just need you to come here everyday for 8 hours for the next five years for a little extra help with your thought process. That will be $50,000. As soon as the check clears you're free to leave.....and begin your new classes. Have a nice day.

  • Mrs. Julien

    When Paul Haggis left one on the things he said was basically tell the world whatever you want, I never claimed to be anyone's role model.

  • apsutter

    They made her do FIVE YEARS of re-programming for a single question about his missing wife. Fucking sickening.

  • John W

    Scientology and cigarettes. I don't understand how people still get involved with them in this day and age.

  • klingonfree

    I don't know...I kinda get a fun little buzzy headrush when I secretly take hits of my sister's cig in a dark corner at parties. In the absence of other smokeables, that buzzy little headrush is all I gots.

  • Joe Gordon

    Who give a fuck.


    Outside of an episode of George Lopez Tonight back in 2007, which is NOT something to crow about Rehmi is a Z- grade star/ celebrity.

    Who give a fuck.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Why not bounce on over to the Pajiba 10 nominations article? It has all kinds of people willing to give all kinds of fu*ks.

  • kirbyjay

    Mrs. J.....why do people actually take the time to read an article, as though they care about the content in the article, or at least find it somewhat interesting, proving to themselves that they give fucks, and then declare to the world that they give no fucks? If someone reads one of the incredible and well written articles that the Pajiban Overlords, who give many fucks, take the time to write, and then give no fucks.....WHAT THE FUCK? I want fucks and I want that sorry ass up there to give fucks.

    Listen Mr. Joe-who-give-no-fuck-Gordon, either give fucks or get the fuck out, and don't even think about "who cares", either.
    Pajibans take the time every day to come here and give huge amounts of fucks, to the point of being fucked out, and you come here and shit all over the fucks? Shame on you sir.

  • klingonfree

    I want a voting system that lets us give fucks for comments like this one. Untill then, I will simply tell you that I give one fuck for your comment. Nicely fucking done.

  • Mrs. Julien

    The fuck if I know.

  • Siege

    Is no one else a little concerned about the safety and whereabouts of Mrs. Miscavige, who apparently has not been seen in public for SIX YEARS? That gave me a very spooky chill.

  • SERIOUSLY. How has no one investigated this?

  • True_Blue

    Somebody has to get the ball rolling to start an investigation, and given the likelihood that all of Mrs. Miscaviage's family and friends are Scientologists, who is going to go to the cops? Her husband certainly isn't.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I'm happy for her and all, but Leah, you were put through "thought modification" for five years because you had the gall to question their excommunication policy? YOU PUT UP WITH IT FOR FIVE YEARS!!! And paid millions for it!! Aaaaaarrrgh these freaking people drive me nuts.

  • Maguita NYC

    Also, people tend to forget that Co$'s main attraction for unemployed actors is the promise of becoming a CELEBRITY.

    They might not believe in the cult, but they do abdicate to the system that promises them super-stardom.

    And isn't this any actor's dream when first landing in Hollywood?

  • pthalio

    She's been involved with Scientology somewhere between 25-30 years.. that would mean she was between 13-18... at that age who has a chance against their type of brainwashing?

  • apsutter

    Yea I always give the Scieno kids(Elizabeth Moss) a break because it's different when your entire family is involved and you didn't actively choose it.

  • kirbyjay

    The Mastersons were all born into it too. Knowing nothing else.....kinda boggles the mind.

  • lowercase_ryan

    fair point

  • Three_nineteen

    Brainwashing is a hell of a drug.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    Yeah, well, that's why it's called a cult.

  • $2786243

    If you don't read Tony Ortega's blog (, get there. He posted this about Remini:

    "When [Remini] returned from Italy, she did what Scientologists are told to do when they see something that they consider against the church’s rules — she wrote a “Knowledge Report.”

    Remini’s report, we’re told, included criticisms of Miscavige, his
    personal “communicator” Laurisse Stuckenbrock, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes,
    and other members of Scientology’s upper management. She also “had it
    out” with Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw, church execs Mike Sutter
    and Hansueli Stahli (who, with another executive, Marion Pouw, have been
    used as a kind of barnstorming committee, traveling around the country
    to quiet ex-members with large payments and confidentiality agreements),
    as well as media handlers Tommy Davis and Jessica Feshbach,
    accusing them of lying to the press about Scientology’s toxic
    “disconnection” policy and the excessive interrogations of church
    members. Remini then filed her report.

    Let that sink in: Leah Remini wrote up David Miscavige, the leader of Scientology, and submitted it for action."

  • apsutter

    Wow...if she wasn't famous she'd be sharing Shelley Miscavige's cell

  • $2786243

    Yeah, it's creepy to realize that we haven't seen her in anything for a while, didn't wonder about her, and probably assumed she was between jobs...and she was actually getting 'rehabilitated' by Scientology this whole time. Eeeesh.

  • kirbyjay

    Didn't she get canned from The Talk? Perhaps she wasn't devoting enough time to the show because she was busy with homework.

  • kirbyjay

    or grave

  • melissa82

    I only read the header (so far, geez, I'll go back) and my immediate reaction is: YAYYYYYYY!

  • melissa82

    Ok after reading I have to add: OMFG, every time I hear anything about this religion I think they're even more bonkers. I can't believe what people allow themselves to be put through. So happy she's walking away now - but 5 years of "thought modification"!?!? Wowzers.

  • Mariazinha

    I don't much care about them leaving, or what they think of it now that they're leaving...
    I'm just baffled so many seemingly normal and intelligent people got into it in the first place!
    What, you didn't know your alien based religion, invented a few years ago by a fiction author was a hack??
    Ok then......

  • kirbyjay

    There are 3 types of Scientologists; public, celebrity and Sea Org. The public Scientologists are the everyday people who believe in the prattle and give lots of $$$, but live more or less ordinary lives, the celebrities, who are ass-kissed and coddled because they bring the big dough and the publicity, and the Sea Org that is downright criminal and amazes me that the US government has not shut them down. People join the Sea org and actually live at these labor camps, work for pennies, eat and sleep enough to keep themselves alive and are constantly monitored and threatened and even assaulted if they don't tow the CoS line.

    Every former Sci that has "blown" and written about it all say the exact same thing so I don't think it's just disgruntled former members who make up lies.

    Part of being a member is NEVER reading anything derogatory about the cult so many of them say the claims are bullshit because they don't investigate on their own.

  • Maguita NYC

    Actually, Scientology is now officially part of "high-political" rank and has proven itself to have might.

    Have you ever read Tony Ortega's articles on The Village Voice? Not long ago, the FBI was investigating Co$ for apparent misuse of contributions, enslaving, torture, disappearances, etc. You know, all that crap we read about and wonder why the f*ck the government is not doing anything about it.

    And just when both FBI investigators on the case were getting somewhere, they get the unequivocal command to drop it. From the higher ups in Washington.

    Here are some fun reads.

    Also, you can now keep up with Tony Ortega on

  • apsutter

    Sea Org is fucking sickening. People that have blown from it are then sent free-loader bills for hundreds of thousands dollars. This is after they've essentially been slaves and given up all their money and possessions to Xenu.

  • The Kilted Yaksman

    I'm just surprised there aren't more scientologists. It does a good job of telling people that whatever they do wrong, any and all of their asshole behavior, is not their fault, but is due to the souls of alien criminals (thetans) residing within them. What's not to like? Nothing bad you do is your fault.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Isn't that what alcohol is for?

  • mairimba

    Like those other people that say that the bad things are just work of the devil and not your fault, cause he's just trying to persuade you and others into doing bad things and you just have to say a few hail Maries and you're clean until the next time he tries to play games with your soul?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    just for the sake of debunking a simplistic, popular view of Catholicism - according to doctrine (think of it what you will), saying a few Hail Marys or doing some other form of penance does not mean you receive no punishment in the afterlife. A deathbed confession does not mean a trip straight to heaven (again, according to doctrine. I'm not going to debate the legitimacy of the doctrine)

  • klingonfree

    I upvote thee. Thou canst see it because of I cant log in here (muffled noises in background). But given our similar proclivities for things, I am heartened by your presence. Most of the time.

  • BuffyloGal

    Invented a few years ago, five hundred years ago, or five thousand years ago doesn't matter. People fall for all sorts of crazy beliefs. Not everyone has seen Bill and Ted.

  • Mariazinha

    Good point there...We know 2 or 3 religions from about 2000 years ago who makes as much sense as this.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Yes, but at least they don't make you pay for enlightenment.

  • Mariazinha

    Where I come from, some of them really do!!
    Differently, maybe more discretely, but they sure get their money... (And don't give that much enlightenment, as far as I'm concerned.)

  • Mrs. Julien

    David Miscavige is the Vladimir Putin of con men.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I thought Matt Stone and Trey Parker already brought down Scientology.

  • NateMan

    They certainly kicked it in its junk.

  • MisterF

    And Elizabeth Moss. No way she's not a double agent.

  • Less Lee Moore

    Elizabeth Moss is a Scientologist? OH GOD NO.

  • PEGGY!!! Nooooooo!!!!!! Elizabeth:Taste in Religion::Peggy:Taste in Men??

  • Aaron Schulz

    Right? I think we should get a Van kidnap her, Jason Lee and Beck, then deprogram them, Thats legit right?

  • BendinIntheWind

    Awwww, why did you have to bring Beck into this? I hold him slightly less responsible because he was raised into it rather than being drawn in by the shiny shiny celebrity, but I'm desperately hoping he cut ties a while ago and we just don't know because he mostly keeps to himself.

    Now I has a sad :(

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I want to be involved in a sparkly skateboard plan to destroy Scientology. Is it to late to sign up and join as part of the operation?

  • Batesian

    Are plans that employ sparkly modes of transportation restricted to destroying Scientology? Most schemes* could do with some fabulous-ing up.

    *Not to mention capers.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    I'm all for sparkly but can I have a Vespa? Purple? Thanks. I'm in.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Um, I guess? Honestly, if I knew different sparkly transports could be employed, I wouldn't have gone with the skateboard. I think I'll take the Sea Org assault and use a sparkly blue Seadoo.

  • NateMan

    Can I be on a sparkly ATV for the infil? I'm a 33yr old chubby white dude, and don't belong on a skateboard. But I'm okay with the sparkles.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Mr. Julien just read Going Clear and as he does not have the untempered fascination with Scientology I do, kept coming to me to tell me batsh!t crazy stuff and I'd nod and say "I know, I know". I was amazed that Remini was a Scientologist in the first place. She seemed so no nonsense.

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  • kirbyjay

    A really good book exposing the Sea Org is Jenna Miscavige's Beyond Belief. It was truly beyond belief. I've read most of them and this one really stood out.

  • PDamian

    Fantastic book. I now understand why so many celebrities put up with their crap. Who wouldn't, with that kind of VIP treatment?

  • John G.

    I've been wanting to read that. Did Mr. J like it? I've heard it tends to paint Hubbard as ok, but Miscavige as the true crazy.

  • Mrs. Julien

    He LOVED it. He said it was incredibly well-written and researched. It portrayed Hubbard as a delusional pathological liar slash all around crazy person and Miscavige as a tyrannical sociopath.

    (I read part of it, too.)

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    Somebody has to get the ball
    rolling to start an investigation, and given the likelihood that all of
    Mrs. Miscaviage's family and friends are Scientologists, who is going to
    go to the cops? Her husband certainly isn't.

  • e jerry powell

    This could all have been fixed if Jack Parsons had hit L. Ron Hubbard with just a little Themela-style sex magic at the Parsonage.

    Of course, Parsons was too busy trying to sire the Moonchild to see what needed to be done with Hubbard.

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