Leah Remini Is Coming for Scientology Again with a New TV Show
Journalist Tony Ortega, who runs a freelance blog about the Church of Scientology called The Underground Bunker and was featured in the 2015 HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, writes that the TV show will specifically depict “the way Scientology rips apart families,” something Remini experienced first hand and detailed in her memoir.
Ortega also reports that filming for the show is already underway: “We’ve confirmed that Leah’s series is currently shooting footage and appears to be on a fast track.”
Remini was inducted into the Church by her mother when she was 9; she exited the Church in 2013. The chain of events leading up to her exit apparently started in 2006 at the wedding of Cruise and Katie Holmes, when she asked about the whereabouts of leader David Miscavige’s wife Shelly. As a result of filing a “knowledge report” about Miscavige, Cruise and other senior Church members, Remini says she was “subjected to years of ‘interrogations’ and ‘thought modification'” that ultimately led to her being blacklisted within the Church.
She originally opened up about her exit, and losing friends because of it, in September 2013 during an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show:
We lost friends who can no longer talk to us who are still in the organization. These are friends that we’ve had for dozens of years. But our family’s stronger. We’re together. We have other friends, who are not in the church, who have stood by us and that’s all we can ask for.
Remini’s sister Nicole, who left the Church herself before Leah, later revealed that the rest of their family also left Scientology to avoid being split up by the Church’s disconnection policy.
Upon the release of her memoir last year, Remini went on a press tour detailing her memories and experiences with the Church, as well as with Holmes and Cruise personally.
Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise in June 2012 after five years of marriage. At the time, sources close to Holmes say she feared intimidation from the Church and that she had reason to fear Cruise would abduct their daughter, Suri (now 10). Earlier this year, Page Six reported that Cruise has not see Suri in three years because to Scientology.