The Leah Remini docuseries about the Chruch of Scientology airs on A&E, kicking off on Nov. 29. In no surprise, the Remini docuseries, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, has caught the attention of Scientology officials. People reported that top Scientology official Karin Pouw sent out a scathing letter to A&E executive producer Alex Weresow.
“A program about our religion and hosted by Ms. Remini is doomed to be a cheap reality TV show by a has been actress now a decade removed from the peak of her career. Ms. Remini, this bitter ex-Scientologist, she needs to move on with her life instead of pathetically exploiting her former religion, her former friends and other celebrities for money.”
Leah Remini was given the letter and actually read from it for a promotional clip. She used the words from the church to advertise the docuseries about the controversial Scientology religion. She then followed up with her own statement telling the Church that she will stop when they stop “fu**ing with people’s lives and families.”
The letter that the Church of Scientology sent to A&E concerns the Leah Remini docuseries. The letter showed moments where Leah said things that the Church believes to not be true. The letter also said that the Church tried to “help Ms. Remini try to be a good person” but was unsuccessful.
Karin Pouw also worked to bury other former members who have worked with Leah Remini when it comes to releasing information about the Church of Scientology. Names in the letter that prove that Leah keeps “bad company” include Ron Miscavige, Mike Rinder, and Tom DeVocht.
Ron Miscavige is the biggest name on that list. David Miscavige is a leader in the church of Scientology, officially the Chairman of the Board, Religious Technology Center. Ron is the father of David and left the Church of Scientology in 2012. Vulture reports that he admitted to sometimes striking his wife Loretta in his book Ruthless and that is what the Church has latched onto when trying to discredit his comments about Scientology.
Mike Rinder is a former senior executive of the Church of Scientology who dealt with legal and public relations for the Church. He left the Church in 2007 and the Tampa Bay Times reported that he said the Church would secretly record conversations to use against certain members.
Tom DeVocht is a former member of the Church of Scientology and appeared in a documentary called Going Clear, where he talked about the Church. The letter in response to the Leah Remini docuseries called both Rinder and DeVocht “vicious wifebeaters.”
Leah Remini was at the height of her popularity when she appeared on the popular sitcom King of Queens. She has only appeared in four movies in her career, with the 2003 comedy Old School the only hit. She starred in the reality TV show Leah Remini: It’s All Relative in 2014-15 as well as the scripted series The Exes at the same time. She was also one of the hosts on The Talk in 2010-2011.
Leah Remini joined the Church of Scientology when she was 9-years-old. In 2013, Remini left the Church after 34 years as a member. She said that she believed the management of the Church was corrupt and that the Church disallowed questioning the leadership. In the letter sent by Karin Pouw, it said Scientology was about to kick Remini out when she quit.
Leah Remini claimed that the Church of Scientology cut her off from access to any friends and family still in the Church. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Leah filed a missing person’s report for Shelly Miscavige, the wife of David Miscavige, but the police interviewed Shelly and closed the case.
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Leah Remini has since released a book in 2015 called Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology and now she has her A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath coming out on Nov. 29.
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