Leah Remini’s upcoming documentary series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” is sparking plenty of discussion, as Remini explains why she wants to be the voice of the voiceless.
Dropping by the “Today” show, Remini reveals what motivated her to step away from Scientology and pick up arms against it. “I was watching what was happening to former members and former high-ranking clergy of the Church, and I was watching what it was doing in response, and I felt I had a responsibility to help out where I could,” she says.
The star describes the Church’s actions as bullying in nature: “I’m not a big fan of bullies, so it is part of who I am. I was a fighter in the Church. This is what they taught me, so I’m going to continue my fight, but I’m on the right side of that fight now. I just want to send the message that I’m not going to sit back and allow it to go on.”
The ultimate goal for the former “The King of Queens” actress is to help those she believes are being victimized. “It’s for the people who have spoken out, but it’s also for people who just maybe don’t have the strength to fight, feel they don’t have a voice,” she says. “I just want to give people strength and not just with this organization but with any bully. I just hope that that’s what the message is.”
She warns: “If you speak out, you’re labelled an enemy to the Church and the Church has policies on how to deal with its enemies.” Remini’s new docu-series limited premiere is scheduled for Nov. 29 on A&E.