Leah Remini hasn’t specifically confirmed her split from the Church of Scientology, but sent a statement of thanks to fans following reports last week that she ended her relationship with the religion.
“I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and from fans around the world. I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support.”
The King of Queens actress and former co-host of The Talk has been a longtime member of the Church that includes many celebrities among its membership, including Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Beck, and Kirstie Alley. Initial reports of Remini’s departure indicated that she had conflicts with Church leader David Miscavige that have gone on for several years, potentially involving her questioning the whereabouts of his wife and other Church practices.
Remini remains quoted on Scientology’s official website as saying “Scientology has been my road out. There is nothing about my life that I feel apathetic or unhappy about. Scientology gives you hope and the certainty that you can improve any condition. This, to me, is priceless.”
Scientology is often scrutinized for its practices, especially during high-profile events like Cruise’s divorces from Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman. Stars rarely address anything specific about the Church, especially negative reports or rumors about membership requirements or personal experiences.
Leah Remini could change that if she decides to confirm a separation, and especially if she speaks up about any negative experiences. The response from the Church of Scientology so far — a resounding silence — likely means that they’d like the whole story to end with her cryptic statement.
Let’s take a look at some stars who remain practicing members of the Church of Scientology, along with some who have cut ties.
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