Leah Remini: Without Scientology “I Would Probably Be an Animal”
It’s an eye-opener to discover that Leah Remini’s “Premath” had an entirely different script.
Before Remini unleashed a salvo of abuse and hatred against her former religion on her now dead-and-buried Aftermath show, she held the opposite position.
It was a declaration of love and a gushing stream of praise and gratitude towards the Church of Scientology.
Here’s what TV channel A&E’s ex-darling had to say about her church before she started smearing it copiously for pay:
- In 2003, she expressed that her local Scientology church was “a special place because whatever you’re going through there’s somebody always here to help you.”
- Similarly, she proclaimed: “What Scientology has helped me with is confidence. I’ve had somewhere to go to tell someone my fears and I wasn’t crazy, you know, that I could actually do something about those fears, that I could actually be in control of my own feelings.”
- During that same period, Remini explained that “by being a Scientologist and by having integrity and by living by certain moral codes that this group abides by, I can look at myself in the mirror.”
- Four years earlier, she declared that “Celebrity Center is my second home and there is not a person here that I can’t go to when I am having a problem in my life.”
- In 2006, she expressed a wish for the Church’s social outreach activities to gain even more recognition: “Because I am a Scientologist, I know what we do for the community… I wish this would air on network television.”
- Then, in a 2007 interview with the BBC, while addressing the issue of former members of the Church who had been attacking Scientology, she stated: “…they want to run around and tell stories and get a minute of fame… I just look at these people as people who have nothing better to do. I know that Scientology’s good… You start being disrespectful to my religion, to me you’ve crossed the line! But that’s on any religion. I wouldn’t be disrespectful to any of my friends’ religion. Or think that they should put up with that. It’s just disrespectful!”
Wow! Passionate declarations from anyone! So, how did she transition from this ultra-enthused, (apparently) supportive member of the Church, to its staunch enemy, inciting violence against the very people and places she once considered her family and her spiritual home? Not to mention various other groups she has targeted from her seething soapbox of sludge—Jehovah’s Witnesses and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to name a few.
“Without it I’d be in the dumps and I would probably be an animal. I would be a horrible, horrible person.”
Looking back, it’s true that there were some early signs, concealed among the gush. In interviews Remini gave while attending church events, she came out with various home truths. One such admission is as follows: “I don’t get along with others and there’s so many things that Scientology has helped me with I don’t think I would be ME really, without Scientology.”
She provides further insight into her future “flip” again here: “Without it [Scientology] I’d be in the dumps and I would probably be an animal. I would be a horrible, horrible person.”
In reading these various facts and admissions, you may be reminded of a certain literary work of the 19th century: Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Remini practically made the parallel herself: “I was like kind of struggling with the two personalities. But being a Scientologist, you’re getting in touch with the person that you really are.”
In the end, it seems the animal inside consumed her.
Since turning her back on the redeeming help she once sought and embraced, and making a name for herself as a bitter hate-nurturer in the process, Leah has become the very type of person she decried in her 2007 interview with the BBC. Then, she described anti-Scientologists as people who “want to run around and tell stories and get a minute of fame… I just look at these people as people who have nothing better to do. I know that Scientology’s good.”
Hmmmm. Yuh… Excuse me but, “lady who could finally look at herself in the mirror,” you might want to take a closer look: thou hast become what thou wast busy finding fault with not so many moons ago.
Leah Remini is perfectly capable of turning her back on friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances and her spiritual allegiances in a heartbeat, to make a fast buck.
End result: Ms. Rabble-Rouser is definitely getting her “minute of fame,” hobnobbing with crims and perverts, and trying to make a fast buck out of it, to boot. She even admitted it in a 2015 ABC 20/20 interview: “I don’t work for free. I’m just a crappy has-been actress who’s trying to make a dollar off my church.” Any ounce of the “integrity” or “living by certain moral codes” she once spoke of (see above) seems to have slid off this aging wannabe star, and dripped into the cesspool of audiovisual infamy.
The Church provided A&E with extensive evidence concerning crimes and malfeasance committed by members of Remini’s “hate team.” These included suborning perjury, embezzlement, adultery, sexual perversion and violence. Yet, still the show went on. And, by her own admission, in a Hollywood Reporter video interview, Remini declared neither she nor A&E vetted “her people” who appeared on the Aftermath.
Now that the plug has been pulled on that program, Remini has been fostering the hatred with wife-beater Mike Rinder by her side. Their travesty of a podcast is teeming with hostility, bigotry, profanity and wild lies about Scientology, slurring its celebrated humanitarian founder and trying desperately to pretend Scientology is not recognized by governments and citizens the world over as a religion in every sense of the word.
What was that about how criticizing “any religion” is “disrespectful?” How come she—didn’t she—? What about that BBC interview from 2007?!
If you’re scratching your head in confusion, I don’t blame you! But I think the explanation boils down to these two possibilities:
- Either Remini was a mega-opportunistic vampire from the word go, using her Scientology church in L.A. to boost her acting career, then dropping it and the people who had helped her as soon as she felt she’d acquired what she needed.
- Or maybe she let herself get swamped by the dark side of her character, to which she alluded several times (see quotes above).
Either way, we now know Leah Remini is perfectly capable of turning her back on friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances and her spiritual allegiances in a heartbeat, to make a fast buck, while associating with criminal individuals who would make Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray pale. In short, she has done exactly what she said she would: become an animal without Scientology.