King of Queens star Leah Remini has escaped Scientology, the religion for celebrities. Producer Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby and Crash), who left the church earlier in 2009, has voiced his support.
Per Huffington Post, the exit has not been a “smooth one.” She says “…because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to.” Apparently, Remini dealt with what is being described as years of interrogation and thought modification. No surprise there with an established cult.
Her split has also meant a split with star Kirstie Alley, a member of the church, who is not happy with this revelation of thought independence.
Remini wasn’t in the church for a short time. She was a member for 30 years. At 43, much like her character Carrie Heffernan on King of Queens, she says she’s not going to shut up.