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Leah Remini Confirms Scientologists Actually Believe Tom Cruise Is 'Messiah'

Leah Remini Confirms Scientologists Actually Believe Tom Cruise Is 'Messiah'

THR: Tom Cruise was on that call? But in recent years the church, founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, has spawned a cottage industry of journalistic exposes and jaw-dropping memoirs in which former devotees allege abusive, cult-like behavior and outlandish beliefs. "I'll tell you or anyone else who calls me". She even gave a shout-out to a Scientology official who would be reading and examining her AMA.

"I wrote my book, and thought I was done", the Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology author told the morning show host.

The spokesperson encouraged people to learn more about Scientology by visiting its website. Ms. Remini's charge regarding the "60 Minutes" report was neither confirmed or denied in the statement. She was nine, growing up in Brooklyn, when her mother joined the organization. "The Church does have all your secrets from when you were a child, but that isn't the reason why people don't leave the Church", she says.

All of which lends greater heft to Remini's eventual denunciation. As the most high-profile public figure to denounce Scientology, she has the ability to reach audiences who don't read The New Yorker, or watch HBO. Since then, she has expressed regret and a commitment to discredit, as she puts it, "A church that I promoted, defended and believed in most of my life".

"If you want to get them out there is no way to do it nicely". Talking-head segments, usually her personal reflections, in a gauzy white warehouse space, are a little silly and staged, but when she goes on the road with former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, Remini is able to let that personality come out.

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What follows are stories from ex-Church members and their families, told through meetings and interviews with Remini, all of whom were unable to merely walk away without consequences.

Unlike Gibney's "Going Clear", this series is a strictly basic-cable affair that relies on some regrettable reality-TV conventions.

Leah Remini on "Access Hollywood". She expressed the same sentiment in this interview. And luckily for Remini, hosting this new series can prove beneficial in terms of her treatment. After her stepfather left, the family moved to Los Angeles.

She comes off as authentic, even if "Scientology and the Aftermath" can also seem self-serving. That incident prompted Remini to start questioning the church and researching allegations of abuse from former members, before finally leaving in 2013. Back when things were shot on film, a movie delivered straight from the developer to the projection booth was described as being wet, and were that idiom still relevant, it would surely apply to Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which is engrossing, but probably not as captivating as what's taking place to get the show to air. "It's not an easy thing to do, but I think it is the right thing to do", she said.


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