After years of not speaking, Leah Remini and Jada Pinkett Smith are clearing the air over their highly-publicized Scientology feud.
On Monday, the former “Kevin Can Wait” star, 48, joined the “Girl’s Trip” actress, 47, at her home on her “Red Table Talk” show to address accusations that Jada and her husband Will Smith were Scientologists.
“This is actually the first time that I will be talking about my involvement, you know, with the church or what have you,” Smith began by stating. “And I want to say thank you to you first because you actually opened the door for this.”
Addressing Remini’s 2015 memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood And Scientology, which claimed Tom Cruise invited Jada and Will to play hide-and-seek at his home, Smith said, “It upset me because I didn’t understand why we had to be in your book because we really didn’t have anything to do with this.”
In response, Remini said, “Jada, I wasn’t even considering that you would be hurt. I, literally, looking back on it, I didn’t even consider Jada and Will.”
Fighting back tears, the actress continued, “I was just caught up in that pain, right? And also the pain of others and the effects that it had.”
During the discussion, the pair revealed they met 20 years ago and reconnected at the Church of Scientology. Explaining her involvement with the church, Smith said that she only went to the church because of her interest in studying religion.
She explained. “All religions have been my home, which is why I didn’t have a problem going to the Church of Scientology and saying, ‘I’m not a Scientologist. I just want to be here and see what you have to offer.'”
In a tweet in September 2017, Smith admitted that she did study Dianetics, a set of ideas practiced by followers of Scientology, but noted, “I am not a Scientologist.”
She added, “I always took the position that I’m here at the Scientology Centre to learn what I want to learn and I have no interest in being a Scientologist. And one of the things I really prided myself in was to be amongst that group of Scientologists and still hold my own.”
Remini replied, “And you were allowed to do that [because] of who you are and who your husband is.”
Noting her position in the church, she added, “You were seeing a side of me that wasn’t 100 per cent authentic because my job was to always be a perfect person in front of you or any celebrity to fully get you into Scientology.”
Clearing the air with a hug, Remini continued, “It’s a beautiful thing. It’s just never too late for friends, for families. You know, it’s just never too late to heal.”