“I don’t want to be known as this bitter, ex‑Scientologist.” — Leah Remini to BuzzFeed

Statement of the Church of Scientology International

Leah Remini’s “reality” show, like her last one, is nothing more than a scripted, rehearsed, acted and dramatized work of fiction. She and the other anti-Scientologists in her program have been expelled from the Church for unethical conduct.

Leah Remini is in it for the money and now tries to pretend otherwise. Her claim on Today that, “I’m not going to get a dime,” as executive producer of her new reality TV show is disingenuous. Ms. Remini obviously is being compensated for this show, just as she profited from her book. In addition, she recently attempted to extort the Church by first demanding $500,000, followed by an additional $1 million, because the Church invoked its First Amendment right to respond to her false claims with the truth. This shows the extent Leah Remini is willing to go to in order to distort the truth about Scientology.

Leah Remini has repeatedly disparaged and exploited her former faith for profit and attention through a series of failed publicity stunts, culminating in her reality TV show featuring a cast of admitted liars who to make a buck have been telling differing versions of the same false tales of abuse for years. Many of their allegations have been reviewed and discredited in courts of law. A&E’s promotion of their agenda smacks of bigotry. It also is sad that Leah Remini attacks and exploits those who tirelessly worked to help her when no one else was willing to tolerate her behavior. The Church was always there for Leah Remini, including picking her up from the ground after her meltdown following her firing from The Talk.

Leah Remini has become what she once vowed she would never be: “This bitter ex-Scientologist.” As we have stated numerous times, Leah Remini needs to move on with her life and career. She needs to stop blaming the Church and others for all of her personal and professional setbacks and take responsibility. Most of all, she needs to quit promoting hatred and religious intolerance as a means to line her pockets.

“Leah Remini: Aftermath” is really “Leah Remini: After Money.”

The real story of the Church of Scientology, what it does, its beliefs and practices, is available at www.scientology.org