With Leah Remini’s award-winning docu-series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” airing its season finale on Monday, Aug. 26, the actress is promising that her work exposing the Church of Scientology is far from over.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the former “King of Queens” star admits that she never envisioned the show running “more than a season,” and she’s looking toward a new goal.
“In this current format, we aren’t able to do anything but make the public aware of what’s really going on, and we’ve done that. We need to move on to the second level,” Remini, 49, says of the show, which is going out with a blockbuster two-hour special focusing on the recent lawsuit filed by four women against actor Danny Masterson, alleging that representatives of the church stalked and harassed them after they filed police reports accusing the fired star of “The Ranch” of sexual assault (the church has called the lawsuit “baseless” and a “dishonest and hallucinatory publicity stunt,” dismissed “Scientology and the Aftermath” as being “full of lies, distortions, and exhortations generating hate and bigotry” and claiming that any further allegations Remini makes against the church are “absolutely untrue, part of her paranoia, and unworthy of further comment”).
Asked about her feelings on “Scientology and the Aftermath” coming to an end, Remini says she the show may be concluding but her mission continues.
“I don’t want to give anybody the idea this is the end. I never saw it as a program that would need more than a season,” she explains. “When more people came forward, we felt compelled to tell those stories…. Scientology’s response to their speaking out compelled us to continue the series — also because no action was being taken on the federal level or even by the local police departments. There’s only so much we can do on the channel that we’re on.”
In three seasons, Remini says she feels the show has accomplished precisely what she set out to do. “People have changed their minds about Scientology being innocuous to seeing what’s truly going on, and how harmful, damaging, and evil it truly is,” she adds. “For that, I will be forever grateful.”
One of the most insidious allegations she makes about the church is its so-called “Fair Game” directive, which she says “calls for the utter destruction of someone speaking out against Scientology,” and says she’ll continue to fight back.
“This is what Scientology teaches: this vitriol to attack viciously those women who’ve courageously come forward and are saying we’ve been victimized and want their day in court,” she continues.
“This isn’t the end, it’s the beginning,” she says, revealing that she and co-host Mike Rinder (a one-time senior executive with the Church of Scientology) have some future plans that promise to further enrage church officials.
“We are working on something, Mike and I,” she says. “Our audience is as enraged as we are. They want to see this cult stopped. We don’t have $3 billion at our disposal to have a knockout punch so quickly, but we’re hoping this next phase we will be more active in taking action… Their little celebration party will be short-lived, I can tell you that.”
The series finale of “Scientology and the Aftermath” airs Monday, Aug. 26.