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After a feud over Scientology fractured their relationship, the actresses reconciled during a recent episode of Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch talk show, Red Table Talk. Remini apologized to Pinkett Smith for previously asserting in her 2015 memoir, Troublemaker, that the Girls Trip star and her husband, Will Smith, were Scientologists.
“I wasn’t even considering that you would be hurt,” Remini told Pinkett Smith, who denied that she and her spouse practiced Scientology. “I literally, looking back on it, I didn’t even consider Jada and Will. And I’m sorry that I didn’t consider you, because I didn’t. I was so caught up in that pain, and also the pain of others and the effects that it had.”
Remini — who used to practice Scientology before becoming a high-profile critic of her former religion — went on to say that the church tasked her with convincing the Smith family and other famous faces to join.
“Regardless of what was being presented to you from me,” said Remini, “as a friend, you were seeing a side of me that wasn’t 100 percent authentic, because my job was to always be a perfect person in front of you or any celebrity to solely get you into Scientology.”
Pinkett Smith then clarified that she took classes in an effort to understand Scientology but was never a member of the church. “I always took the position that I’m here at the Scientology center to learn what I want to learn, and I have no interest in being a Scientologist,” she said. “One of the things I prided myself in was being able to be among that group of Scientologists and still hold my own.”
Remini was a member of the Church of Scientology for 35 years, until 2013. She has since become a vocal critic of the organization, not only in her 2015 tome but also on her A&E docuseries, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. The church has vehemently denied claims made by Remini on her show, calling the project “nothing more than a scripted, rehearsed, acted and dramatized work of fiction.”
Watch Pinkett Smith and Remini’s Red Table Talk discussion below.
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