Leah Remini thanks supporters amid report of Scientology split
July 12th, 2013
03:56 PM ET

Leah Remini thanks supporters amid report of Scientology split

Reports have been flying that Leah Remini has split with the Church of Scientology.

While the "King of Queens" actress hasn't spoken specifically about the widespread coverage, she has said that she's grateful for the support she's receiving in the midst of it.

"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," Remini said in a statement Friday. "I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support."

The 43-year-old actress was one of the better known stars who were a part of the church, which also includes celebrity members Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kelly Preston. CNN's Belief blog describes Scientology, a religion founded in the 1950s by Ron L. Hubbard, as having a core belief that "each human has a reactive mind that responds to life’s traumas, clouding the analytic mind and keeping us from experiencing reality." Church members undergo a process called "auditing" to help them identify the sources of their trauma in order to neutralize those events.

On its website, the Church of Scientology says that some of its other fundamental beliefs include, "Man is an immortal spiritual being"; "His experience extends well beyond a single lifetime"; and, "His capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized."

Remini's separation from Scientology was first reported by Tony Ortega, a former Village Voice editor who has covered Scientology since 1995. Ortega wrote on his Scientology blog July 8 that Remini had allegedly parted ways with the organization over differences of opinion regarding management. The New York Post's Page Six soon added to the conversation with allegations that Remini had been "interrogated."

CNN has reached out to the Church of Scientology for comment, and has yet to receive a response.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Fran

    She wanted out....good for her

    August 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the jake

    what a joke scientology...the philosophy of thinking better.. a religion are you kidding! she my hero. if I could ask that hot little thing it would be this> now that you are out how did it help you in any way?

    August 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Morgan

    Good for you girl. Don't look back.

    July 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rd

    I find Leah Remini to be a big mouth I applaud her for leaving the cult of Scientology. This cult is very very scary and should be investigated by the FBI.

    July 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mickeymusing

    Scientology's assurance that Shelly Miscavige is fine and still working on behalf of the 'church' would be much more meaningful if she shared them herself. No one has seen this woman in years. It's time for those who know what happened to her to come forward.

    July 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. And this

    the real founder was Charles Ponzi

    July 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sokman

    She's still hot

    July 15, 2013 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |

    LRonBlubberd may be dead but he has a talent for writing books from the grave. Hows that for special talents?
    Good for you Leah, you should have come to your senses long ago, about the time they had you yelling at ashtrays to get them to move

    July 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. a b

    why is someone's religious beliefs new for the public?

    July 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marss

    Just laugh at her.....

    July 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. finfree3

    Leah, Im very happy for you that you made this decision, and do not listen to all the negative feedback...

    July 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kathy

    Am very happy to hear this development. I've always liked her as a comedic actress but could never get past her association with that cult to fully appreciate her. Good luck Leah.

    July 13, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Name*penguin

    Hubbard formed this "religion" just to prove people with empty lives are stupid enough to blindly follow some belief system.

    July 12, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. richard g.

    Not any religion,but can anybody really say their reliion is better than smeone else's?

    July 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Annie

    Good for her!!! Run Leah, run far, far away. Seek therapy after spending so much wasted time being brainwashed

    July 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Joe

    She will never work with Tom Cruise again.

    July 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Eric

    Does Tom Cruise know about this?

    July 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Not a Scientologist, but...

    L. Ron Hubbard, not Ron L. Hubbard. Come on.

    July 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |

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