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Leah Remini: Tom Cruise Wanted CBS To Kill '60 Minutes' Scientology Story

Leah Remini has revealed she was pressured by Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology to squash a '60 Minutes' report on Scientology.

Remini, who left the controversial religion in 2013, says that the church and Cruise asked her to use her contacts at the network and CEO Leslie Moonves to kill the segment.

She was an actress on CBS' 'King of Queens', starring alongside Kevin James, at the time.

"I got pressure to call Les Moonves at CBS to try and get a 60 Minutes report squashed. I got a call from the church and Tom to call Les Moonves and use my influence to squash the story," Remini tells THR, saying Tom Cruise was also on the call.

"So I called Les Moonves, even though I was really uncomfortable with it. And he said, 'Listen — you're not the only one who has called me about this and I have no right to interject my opinion of what I like or don’t like with the news organization of CBS and I will absolutely not engage this conversation."

"I'll tell you or anyone else who calls me. He said, 'I don’t give a shit if it's you, if it's Tom Cruise, if it's Jenna Elfman, you're all going to get the same story from me.' And I said, 'OK'. And then I called them back and said, 'Hey, I tried.'"

Remini says the Church wasn't pleased: "They just weren't happy that I couldn't squash the story. I said, 'I'm just a f—ing actress on television and I can't demand that my boss take a f—ing report off the air."

She also says the Church once tried to get a reference to Cruise's wife at the time, Katie Holmes (photosKatie Holmes photos), taken out of the comedy.

"It was just a reference to her name but this was when she was in good graces with the church. Of course they’d have no problem with that once you leave — they'll try to destroy you and your family."

Asked if Tom Cruise has helped normalize Scientology, Remini gives a surprising answer.

"I don't think he normalized it at all. I think it's just the opposite," she says. "I think there was a time where maybe Scientology was more accepted and I didn't particularly find him to be a great example of Scientology — of which I made that very known to my church."

"Tom is very protected in the church and the church will go to any means to ensure that he stays in … Especially when David Miscavige stood up in front of a Scientology event and said that Tom was 'the best example of a Scientologist.'"

"I know the heartbreak of the average person who works day and night to pay a quarter-of-a-million dollars for their 'religious freedom' in Scientology. Those people were the example — not somebody who makes $10-$20 million a picture."

Remini stars in A&E's daring new series 'Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath'.

November 30, 2016 |

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