“King of Queens” star Leah Remini prepared for the debut of her new television series, “Scientology and the Aftermath,” by chatting about her former religion on “Good Morning America” Monday. The actress left the faith in July 2013 because she was worried about how Scientology would affect her daughter, Sofia Pagan.
One of the main problems Remini had with the Church of Scientology was the way they “victimized victims.” She told Savannah Guthrie: “I'm not a big fan of bullies, so it is part of who I am. I was a fighter in the Church. This is what they taught me, so I'm going to continue my fight, but I'm on the right side of that fight now. I just want to send the message that I'm not going to sit back and allow it to go on.”
Remini, 46, wants to use her voice as a celebrity to give strength to other people who are in the Church of Scientology. On her show, she will visit people who left the faith, just like she did.
“It's for the victims,” she said Monday. “It's for the people who have spoken out, but it's also for people who just maybe don't have the strength to fight, feel they don't have a voice...I just want to give people strength and not just with this organization but with any bully. I just hope that that's what the message is.”
The Church of Scientology responded to Remini’s new show through a statement on their website earlier this month. “Sadly, bitterness and anger are common threads through Ms. Remini’s life,” the note from Nov. 3 read. “Ms. Remini is showing herself to be a spoiled entitled diva who still obsessively complains about such petty matters as her seating placement, limo ride, five-star hotel accommodations and the paparazzi’s failure to recognize her nearly a decade ago. She also inserts herself uninvited into the family matters of others.” It added: “Rather than take responsibility for self-inflicted problems, she is quick to blame others.”
Remini’s series debuts Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST on A&E.
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