Leah Remini joined Fox News’s Megyn Kelly on Monday’s episode of “The Kelly File” to discuss her new A&E documentary series, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”
The “King of Queens” actress, a former member of the Church of Scientology, has recently come under fire from the church for exposing its dark side. Kelly sympathized with Remini, asking if it’s scary for her to be working on the show.
“It’s not really scary for me [to speak out]. I’m lucky enough to be in this business and have the support of all of you in the media that I can speak about it,” Remini said. “What is scary is that…this is an organization, a place supposedly of worship calling itself a church, that systemically goes after people that speak out about it, and that’s why I wanted to do this.”
Remini has criticized the church for banning members from googling Scientology and for penalizing those who look into its actions or ask questions about what’s going on — even going as far as to threaten followers who do.
“We’ve seen the church come after anybody who comes after them, and they’re pretty brutal about it and pretty relentless about it,” Kelly prompted.
“It’s heartbreaking how this organization continues to attempt to bully its victims and people who are speaking out — they go after your job, they go after your family, they picket in front of your house, and they continue to do it, and their history has shown that unless it’s stopped, it’s going to continue to go on,” Remini disclosed, before recalling a time she was reprimanded for asking about a church leader’s wife at Tom Cruise’s wedding.
“I was told I didn’t have the f**king rank to ask where a human being was. That really did start the ball rolling. Because as a parishioner, as someone who was promoting and defending this church, I have a right to ask where a human being is regardless of my rank in the church,” she explained.
The Church of Scientology has openly condemned Remini, who left the religion in 2013, saying that she “needs to move on with her life and career and stop blaming the Church and others for all of her personal and professional setbacks.”