Leah Remini Talks About "Hard Repercussions" of Leaving Scientology in New TLC Promo
A Church of Scientology representative responds to Remini's comments.
Leah Remini and a group of former Scientologists discuss how difficult it is to leave the religion in a new promotional video for her TLC show Leah Remini: It's All Relative.
In the video released on People.com, Remini talked about how leaving quietly has fewer consequences than being vocal about breaking away from the church. Remini has been the latter, having talked openly about her decision to leave in 2013.
"If you make a stink in the public world, they call you a suppressive person, which means the church has put a stamp on you that said you are bad," said Remini. "They then go to all your family and friends and say you have to disconnect from this suppressive person."
She has said in the past that the the birth of her daughter, Sofia, helped her begin thinking of leaving Scientology.
"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," said Remini. "It becomes your mother, your father, your everything. You are dependent on the church."
"If you're raised in it as a child, you really don't have loyalty to your family," she said, while sitting next to her mother. "The church does come first to you, and that is what we would be teaching Sofia."
The group chatted about how they were all in Scientology from when they were children, and were taught it was difficult to leave. "There are pretty hard repercussions to leaving," said Remini. She added that she didn't want Sofia to be taught to disconnect from her if she decided to leave when Sofia was older.
"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," a Church of Scientology representative told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "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."