Leah Remini is not afraid to speak out against Scientology — even if it means losing friends.
The “Kevin Can Wait” actress touched on the subject when she appeared on “Watch What Happens Live” on Thursday alongside her close friend and “Second Act” co-star Jennifer Lopez.
A caller asked Remini if she was surprised when “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss walked out during her acceptance speech at last year’s Television Critics Association Awards.
Remini picked up the TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming for her docu-series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” but Moss, a member of Scientology, reportedly left the room during the speech.
“No, unfortunately,” Remini said in answer to the caller’s question. “I wish I was surprised but that is very… that is kind of the teachings of Scientology to not watch or listen to anything or anyone who’s speaking out against the abuses of it.”
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter last year, Remini claimed that her relationship with Moss was strained since leaving the Church of Scientology.
“Elisabeth Moss believes that she can’t talk to me,” she said. “There’s a thing in Scientology called ‘acceptable truth’. It means you only say what’s acceptable to the public. But she believes that I’m an antisocial personality because I’ve spoken out against Scientology.
“So she isn’t allowed to talk to me. And me knowing that, I wouldn’t put her in the awkward position.”
Remini told host Andy Cohen that Moss isn’t the only one who keeps her distance. She said her former friends “literally run away, and it’s really sad to watch it.
“I remember how I felt when I saw people who I was taught and brainwashed into believing were the devil,” she explained. “It’s sad to see them react to me that way, where I’m like, ‘I’m me. I don’t mean you any harm. I want you to do well in life, I promise you.'”